->''"The spring is not for me..."''

A 1943 classic about the life of [[http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernadette_Soubirous Saint Bernadette Soubirous]], a shepherdess and later nun who saw eighteen visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France when she was a teenager. Adapted from Franz Werfel's novel of the same name, the film is directed by Henry King and stars Creator/JenniferJones in an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning turn as Bernadette. Also in the cast are Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Gladys Cooper, Creator/VincentPrice, Lee J. Cobb, Anne Revere, and Linda Darnell.

From Website/IMDb: "In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the Virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the town, and transforms their lives."


!!Tropes seen in this film:

* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Quite a few points like inventing a romance between Bernadette and her childhood friend Antoine (he was already married in real life and they were JustFriends). There is also the merging of a number of individuals, inventing new ones, and changing around motivations. Generally, the real life story amounts to "a devout Catholic village is skeptical of the fact it's a site of a genuine miracle before enthusiastically embracing this fact."
* BreakTheHaughty: Prosecutor Dutour goes through one of these as he's the most respected man in the village but goes through a HumiliationConga as the evidence of miracles continues to pile up. He also gets throat cancer in what is implied to be divine retribution (this did not happen in real life). He ends up on his knees, praying to Saint Bernadette for forgiveness.
* BrickJoke: It's not really a joke, but it qualifies as a brick. When we first see Bernadette, she's being chastised by Sister Vauzous for not having memorized a catechism lesson due to illness. Father Peyramale is passing out holy cards. She gets one of the Shepherds at the Nativity (extra meaningful to her, as this was her former occupation), but Sr. Vauzous makes her give it back because she is "not deserving." At the very end, just as Bernie leaves for the convent, Fr. Peyramale gives her the card saying "if you need me, just send me this". She is deeply overcome.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Of course, but entirely justified as the story takes place in France in the 1800s.
* {{Determinator}}: The Lady, and Bernie herself. The Lady wants her chapel and processions, and Bernie's going to see that she gets them, even if she has to stand up to the formidable Fr. Dominique Peyramale. Twice.
* DrivenByEnvy: Sister Vauzous is this, though she projects a lot. Effectively, she's upset despite having devoted her life to God that someone else was chosen to be the recipient of miracles. [[spoiler: She gets better.]]
* EgocentricallyReligious: Sister Vauzous thinks Bernadette is this. [[OhCrap She's wrong]].
* FlatEarthAtheist: A zig-zagged trope version as the skepticism of many individuals to the miracles is disapproved of by the film but mostly treated sympathetically with the exception of Vital Dutour the Imperial prosecutor. The Emperor Louis Napoleon gets this accusation thrown at him, though, by his own wife no less.
--> '''Eugénie.''' You're an ATHEIST, Louis!!!
--> '''Louis.''' (calmly) That's the most stupid thing a sovereign could be.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:Bernadette showing her tumor to Sister Vauzous]].
* HeelRealization: Sister Vauzous, along with her MyGodWhatHaveIDone. Prosecutor Dutour has one of these as well.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Prosecutor Vital Dutour gets one as he plays a vaguely sinister (he is, after all, played by Creator/VincentPrice!) ObstructiveBureaucrat who is disdainful of religion while still maintaining it publicly. In real-life, he was a devout Catholic who didn't believe in Bernadette's visions (he believed she was hallucinating instead).
* HollywoodNuns: This film was the initial TropeCodifier, but every detail was meticulously researched.
* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Bernadette, who has tuberculosis. Again, TruthInTelevision: Bernadette was always delicate thanks to her asthma, but she died of bone tuberculosis when in her thirties]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Sister Vauzous, after her OhCrap moment.
** Vital Dutour has one as well at the end, where he is dying of larynx cancer and goes to the grotto, kneels in front of the spring and whispers "Pray for me, Bernadette".
* NunsAreSpooky: Well, Sister Vauzous certainly is.
* NunsNRosaries: Yes, but also justified.
* OhCrap: Sister Vauzous (veteran stage actress Gladys Cooper), upon realizing just how very, ''very'' wrong she was in assuming that Bernadette had never truly suffered and therefore didn't deserve the visions she received. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cs9ofAuWFw&feature=player_detailpage#t=3508 Twice]]''.
* RunningGag: The Saint Christopher medals.
* TakingTheVeil: Bernadette is "encouraged" to do this, because the authorities think that having a real-life saint living in the real world is a generally bad idea. Bernadette herself would have liked marriage and a family, but doesn't seem ''too'' upset at joining the convent instead. (The real Bernadette, however, became a nun out of her own volition ''and'' because she hated having all the attention on her.)
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Bernadette ends up dying from her tuberculosis.]]
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Bernadette lives by this rule.
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Antoine Nicolau. He believes Bernadette the instant he sees her in communion with her lady. Although he admits to his mother that he feels "[[IncorruptiblePurePureness one ought not even to touch a being like that]]", he still wants to marry her. Actually averted in real life: Antoine and Bernadette ''really'' were JustFriends. And he was already married to someone else, anyway.
* WaifProphet: Bernadette is an IllGirl who has visions of "a beautiful lady."
* WhatTheHellHero: Sister Vauzous gives Bernadette one at the tail end of the film about how she has never known real suffering. She begs Bernadette for a "sign" that would prove her worthy of the visitations, only for Bernadette to reveal that she has been living with the impossibly painful condition tuberculosis of the bone in her legs for years.
* WhamLine: "It may be that there is a sign for you after all," says Bernadette immediately prior to revealing her [[spoiler:crippling leg tumour and tuberculosis of the bone]].