Jennifer Jones won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her screen debut in this true story. Jones plays young French peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who sees a vision of a "beautiful lady" near her home in Lourdes in 1858. Based on the novel of the same name by Franz Werfel, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE explores Bernadette's trials and tribulations from her impoverished family to her difficulties at school to the derision her visions bring upon her and at last to her affliction with bone-marrow cancer. Under the incisive eye of director Henry King, the film is seen through Bernadette's perspective but at the same time focuses upon the effect that Bernadette has upon her family, her champions, and her detractors. The acting is excellent, and no detail has gone untouched in the art direction, costumes, and cinematography. Best of all, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE stands among a rare group of Hollywood films in which visual integrity is matched step for step with thematic zeal.
Academy Awards Best Black-and-White Interior Decoration 1943
Academy Awards Best Actress 1943 Jennifer Jones Oscar winning actress, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1943 Arthur Miller Oscar Winning Director of Photography, '20s-'50s
Academy Awards Best Original Score 1943 Alfred Newman Composer/Conductor/D.1970
Academy Awards Best Black-and-White Interior Decoration 1943 James Basevi Production Designer/Efx