We all know that movies and television shows just don’t give us the same quality of entertainment that they used to provide. And, with the Academy Awards looming, I thought I’d share some thoughts on the subject.
In 1943, the Best Actress Academy Award went to Jennifer Jones for her portrayal of a young French peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous, in the movie “The Song of Bernadette”. The movie also won Oscars that year for Best Cinematography, Music(Scoring) and Art Direction/Interior Decoration.
What is so unusual about this particular movie winning awards? Well, it’s a movie about God and Miracles and pure, unadulterated Christian Faith! Bernadette, who is better known in Catholic circles as Saint Bernadette, saw a vision of a “Beautiful Lady”, who later came to be recognized by the Church as “Our Lady of Lourdes”. Pilgrims for the past 150 years have traveled to the site and been healed from all sorts of sickness and disease.
And, in 1943, the Academy recognized this sort of thing as being worthy of reward!! The movie clearly was a hit, and it was still okay to talk about matters of Faith without ridicule! There was no sex, no explosions, no crude or foul language, and it actually won Academy Awards!! Wow. Those really were the days.
(NOTE: The actual facts differ quite a bit from the movie, but my point here is not to provide an accurate historical account of St. Bernadette of Soubirous, but to make the point that, at one time, movies actually had good, clean, morally virtuous qualities, and that was considered a good thing!)