Today, in honor of the special devotion of the Church during the month of May to the Blessed Virgin, I offer a five-day prayer to Mary with St. Catherine of Siena:
The Song of Bernadette (1943) is, of course, the story of St. Bernadette and her visions at Lourdes. Cinematically it is absolutely gorgeous- in fact, this was the film which moved me to include stills as part of this series.
It should be noted that The Song of Bernadette was adapted from Franz Werfel’s book of the same name, which is itself a dramatized interpretation of the events surrounding the life of St. Bernadette and the Marian apparitions. (You can read a little about the discrepancies in the wikipedia article.) Still, I certainly recommend it. Bonus: A young Vincent Price plays a supporting character.
Here is a link to the full film. As always, if you have access to a local video store which carries such rare gems, please support them. Not only is it the right thing to do, but the image quality will be much better than a youtube video!
And by the way- this post is in honor of the feast day of St. Bernadette, which is April 16th. However, since this year it falls on Easter, I am posting this on one of her alternate feast-days: February 18th, the day her Lady promised to give her happiness- not in this life, but in the next. xo
Citing this page:
Solomon, Alana. “The Song of Bernadette (1943).” Ortolana Studio & Press. Ortolana Studio & Press, 7 May. 2017.