Approved | | Biography, Drama
A young girl claims to have seen a divine vision, which prompts both a religious phenomenon and extreme skepticism.
Franz Werfel's book was published in 1942. 20th Century-Fox wasted no time in snapping up the rights. It was the studio's most ambitious and, at $2 million, its most expensive production of 1943.
You must celebrate; you will all stay for dinner.
François Soubirous: Nonsense, you will dine with us!
Louise Soubirous: But tonight, Soubirous, I hadn't planned.
François Soubirous: So, we will change our plan. We have food, I have a position...
François Soubirous: We accepted your eggs, now you must accept our omelette.
François Soubirous: I will ...
To discourage pilgrims to Lourdes, the mayor issues a proclamation that the spring water cannot be consumed until it is tested by a chemist. An official notice is printed up in a classic and very recognizable typeface named Goudy Old Style. The type designer Frederick Goudy wasn't even born until 1865, 7 years after that proclamation was posted in Lourdes.
And Introducing (by arrangement with David O. Selznick) Jennifer Jones as Bernadette
The Spanish-language version (available on the DVD) does not use the Academy Award-winning Alfred Newman score. The entire score, except for two of the "vision" sequences, is replaced with music from an uncredited composer.