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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Song of Bernadette

In 1858 Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the Grotto of Massabielle. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the Virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is insane, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the Church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives. 

New York Times - 1943

There is fine appreciation of the character of Bernadette in this film, largely because of the simplicity and beauty of Miss Jones in the role.  Her large, sad eyes and soft face, her wistful mouth and luminous smile are a thoroughlyappealing exterior for the innocence which shines from within.  And her manner, bot dignified and humble, modest yet confident, is a wonderful contrast to the shadings of lay and clerical personalities which confront her on all sides.


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