The Song of Bernadette
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The Song of Bernadette is a reverent recounting of the life of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. As a teen-aged peasant girl growing up in the tiny French village of Lourdes in the 19th century, Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) experiences a vision of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto. At least, she believes that she did. The religious and political "experts" of the region cannot accept the word of a silly little girl, and do their best to get her to renounce her claims. Bernadette's vision becomes a political hot potato for many years, with the authorities alternately permitting and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Jennifer Jones won the Best Actress Oscar for this stodgy spiritual biopic of the French girl who saw visions of Virgin Mary in 19th century France."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Based on the historical novel by Jewish author Franz Werfel, the beloved classic The Song of Bernadette stands head and shoulders over most religiously themed fare from Hollywood’s golden age."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"If your spiritual tuning fork doesn't already hum to The Song of Bernadette's sentimental religiosity, this is an overlong (156 minutes), overpious, and often kitschy hagiography."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"The Song of Bernadette is not a great film, but it is a very good film. It is characteristic of the kind of earnest prestige or super-spectacle picture that was always a stumbling block for an art form built on commerce and exploitation, but it is"
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Over-produced, quasi-religious historical drama."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Like most DVD offerings in this very fine series from Fox, the transfer is pristine."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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