Nine years ago, "The Passion of the Christ" broke box office records as the biggest grossing foreign language film of all time. "Religious" movies where considered the next big genre for box office success, though no "Religious" movies matched the success of "The Passion of the Christ."
Perhaps it was because "The Passion of the Christ" was released during the height of the war in Iraq. "The Song of Bernadette" was produced during World War II and is now celebrating it's 70th birthday this year. The film earned 4 Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, Best Interior Art Direction and Best Actress - Jennifer Jones as Bernadette.
To appreciate watching "The Song of Bernadette," take the time to watch it uninterupted on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The film is slow moving, but it absorbs the viewer into the world of Lourdes, France. Does Bernadette receive a vision or is she delusional? "The Song of Bernadette" raises these issues and allows each viewer to decide for themselves.
After all, the film opens with the following quotation;
"For those who believe in God,
no explanation is necessary.
For those who do not believe in God,
no explanation is possible"
Vincent Price portrays Bernadette's major antagonist. However Vincent Price's villiany is more balanced and he is given a painful moment of quiet penance in his last scene. Take the time, absorb "The Song of Bernadette."