THE SONG OF BERNADETTE (1943) B/W 156m dir: Henry King
w/Jennifer Jones, William Eythe, Charles Bickford, Vincent Price, Lee J. Cobb, Gladys Cooper, Anne Revere, Roman Bohnen, Mary Anderson, Patricia Morrison, Linda Darnell
From Variety's review of the film: "Song of Bernadette is an absorbing, emotional and dramatic picturization of Franz Werfel's novel. Film version is a warming and intimate narrative of godly visitation on the young girl of Lourdes that eventuated in establishment of the shrine at Lourdes, a grotto for the divine healing of the lame.
"Sensitively scripted and directed in best taste throughout, Bernadette unfolds in Leisurely fashion with attention held through deft characterizations and incidents, rather than resort to synthetic dramatics. Many times during the extended running time there are sideline episodes inserted, but even these fail to lessen intense attention to the major theme.
"Cast is expertly selected, and even the one-shot bits click solidly in fleeting footage. Jennifer Jones, in the title role, delivers an inspirationally sensitive and arresting performance. Wistful, naive, and at times angelic, Jones takes command early to hold control as the motivating factor through the lengthy unfolding.
"Despite the deeply religious tone of the dramatic narrative, theme is handled with utmost taste and reverence."
The film won Oscars for Best Actress (Jones), B&W Cinematography (Arthur Miller), B&W Interior Decoration, and Score for a Dramatic Picture (Alfred Newman). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Bickford), Supporting Actress (Cooper, Revere), Screenplay (George Seaton), and Sound.