As our heroine discovers that country life is actually venal and nerve--wracking, she ironically begins to resemble her namesake Saint Bernadette of Lourdes
. The locals believe that this city woman can heal the lame and cause water to flow on and land.
Remember Mary of Nazareth, Joan of Arc, Bernadette of Lourdes
, and Therese of Lisieux?
It was written to fulfill the vow Werfel had made in Lourdes in 1940, while trying to escape the Nazis: if he and his wife reached safety in the United States, he would write the story of Bernadette of Lourdes
, who was canonized in 1933.
That left the way open for Bernadette of Lourdes
in 1858 to have very similar visions to those of Madeleine Serre.
Bernadette of Lourdes
for a planned neighborhood home movie production that failed for lack of funds.
When I interviewed Carle in April, the day after Saint Bernadette of Lourdes
's feast day, he had to make an effort to answer my questions about La Vraie Nature, which screened in the official selection at Cannes in 1972, and was designated a masterwork by the Audio--Visual Preservation Trust of Canada just last year.