90 Days of Oscar Nominees #38 – The Song of Bernadette (1943)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 38th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“For those that believe in God, no explanation is necessary, for those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible.” – Title Card

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl from a poor family living in France during the 19th Century claims to have been in contact with a heavenly messenger and must try and prove to the Authorities that what she has experienced was real.

My Take on it – This film was nominated for 12 Oscars in 1943 and managed to win 4 of them including Best Actress and Best Music.

The story itself is presented quite well and it boils down to the idea of faith.

Each of the characters make their decision on whether to believe or not based on their own personal experiences or even with the help of their hopes and dreams.

Jennifer Jones deserved her Oscar for Best Actress because she does a wonderful job portraying this girl from a poor family who finds a way to be an inspiration to so many.

It was quite interesting to see ho each of the characters chose their path here because we get to understand how and why they chose that particular path.

The one problem that I had with this film is that it drags on a bit too long and clearly would have benefited by it being trimmed a bit.

Bottom Line – Great tale that truly puts forth a question that deals solely with faith. The characters choose to believe or disbelieve based on their own experiences along with their hopes and dreams. Jones is great in the title role and truly deserved her Best Actress Oscar for this role because she plays the part so beautifully.  It was fascinating seeing how and why different characters chose to follow their beliefs and how some changed along the way. The story drags on a bit too much and might have been even better had it been trimmed a bit. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was first telecast on the “ABC Sunday Night Movie”, and as such, is the oldest film ever to be shown on it. Most of the “ABC Sunday Night Movie” offerings were of films made beginning in the late 1950’s and upward. “The Song of Bernadette” was made in 1943. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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