The Song of Bernadette. 1943. USA. Directed by Henry King. Screenplay by George Seaton, based on the novel by Franz Werfel. With Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, Vincent Price. 156 min.
Bernadette Soubirous was an actual French peasant girl who witnessed a mysterious apparition of a beautiful woman at Lourdes. Though local politicians and Catholic Church leaders did not support Bernadette until the phenomenon was widely embraced by the populace, her visions eventually resulted in her canonization in 1933. Jones’s performance won her the 1944 Academy Award for Best Actress.