One of the most profoundly moving films depicting the purity of faith you'll ever see. Jennifer Jones is a revelation in this role, and it's a privilege to witness such a performance in history. I will just single out one shot late in the film when she's left alone in a very tiny room to begin her new life of piety. The realization of her destiny hits her, and it's transcendent as she overflows, a Dreyer-like moment.
Jones gives probably her best performance here. A shame she never really came close to it the rest of her career, although I LOVE Portrait Of Jennie. This film is carried by excellent actors of the time, like Bickford, Price, and the always underrated Gladys Cooper. The story of religious persecution and close-mindedness to the faith of others still resonates today. A very moving film. True Hollywood classic. 5 stars
Audiences must have been enchanted by the fresh, young Jennifer Jones as Bernadette. With this performance and the Lubitsch comedy "Cluny Brown" in 1946, it was an auspicious start to what became a long, dull career, excepting "Beat The Devil" of course. Selznick standardized her right away. She didn't have a chance.