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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1988 - 30 July.7 August

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 1988

In 1857, an unemployed miller moves his family into grim lodgings; his wife takes in laundry. In February of 1858, at the Massabielle grotto, their 14-year old asthmatic, illiterate daughter, Bernadette, sees a light she later distinguishes as a beautiful young woman. The girl converses with the woman over the next few months. Crowds follow her and people are cured by the waters from a spring Bernadette has cleared. Secular authorities are threatened by the popular gatherings and subject the girl to police inquiry and medical review. The local monsignor is also skeptical, then becomes Bernadette's champion. She maintains her forthright simplicity and untutored wisdom throughout.

Original Title Bernadette
Italian Title Bernadette
Category Out of competition
Section Out of Competition
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 119'
Production Year 1988
Nationality France, Luxembourg, Switzerland
Directed by Jean Delannoy
Screenplay Jean Delannoy, Robert Arnaut
Main cast Sydney Penny, Jean-Marc Bory, Jean-Marie Bernicat

 regista jean delannoyJEAN DELANNOY

Jean Delannoy began his film career in the 1920s as an actor. By the 1930s he had switched careers and become an editor, then a short-subjects director. By the mid-'30s he was a full-fledged director, and soon garnered a reputation as a sensitive, understated craftsman with a thorough command of the medium. By the 1950s, however, he was doing overheated melodramas and overblown epics, including a particularly undistinguished version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Il gobbo di Notre Dame (1956)), and he was soon reduced to churning out such drivel as Il più grande colpo del secolo (1967) (US title: "Action Man") and Racconti a due piazze (1965) (US title: "The Double Bed").