Bernadette of Lourdes

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Few legends have been woven from humbler stuff,and this particular encounter between one of the poorest peasant girls in a tiny village of the Pyrenées and “the Lady” led to events that …

ACTORS :  Danièle Ajoret, Bernard Lajarrige, Madeleine Sologne

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1961

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Bernadette of Lourdes Few legends have been woven from humbler stuff,and this particular encounter between one of the poorest peasant girls in a tiny village of the Pyrenées and “the Lady” led to events that shook not only my native France but the entire Christian world.Living in the slum the inhabitants call “the dungeon” , nothing about her suggested she might one day become one of the most famous saints in the whole world. Lourdes has become the second Christian pilgrimage place in the world after Rome,the second hotel town in France after Paris.

Why not depict as a role model?

Bernadette of Lourdes While this version of Bernadette may not be as good as Bernadette starring Sydney Penny, it is certainly more historically accurate than the 1943 Song of Bernadette, a Hollywood made movie marked with numerous inaccuracies. Depicting Bernadette as a role model for women in no way detracted me from the film, as a matter of fact, Bernadette IS my role model. It does not go into the detail that Ms. Penny’s movie does especially centering around the miracles, but it does depict her life and struggles, especially with the pundits who doubted her. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to realize that there is no way an illiterate, peasant girl could have known the term “Immaculate Conception”, she could not have made it up nor heard of it, the film depicts her virtues which many of us today should emulate, a film worth watching.

Dieu est amour.

 

Few legends have been woven from humbler stuff,and this particular encounter between one of the poorest peasant girls in a tiny village of the Pyrenées and “the Lady” led to events that shook not only my native France but the entire Christian world.

Lourdes has become the second Christian pilgrimage place in the world after Rome,the second hotel town in France after Paris.

Coming after “the song of Bernadette ” ,unlike the latter,Darène’s movie is not based on a biography but on a solid screenplay by writer Gilbert Cesbron whose lines go directly to the heart ;this is the first of the two French movies which tell Bernadette’s extraordinary tale ,the second (and the first in color) being Jean Delannoy’s “Bernadette” .

 

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