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The Premiere of The Passion of Bernadette: February 10th-12th | IgnatiusInsight.com
Why would the popes publisher take the plunge into the movie business?
Because the movie biz isnt just for Hollywood anymore, as Protestants,
Orthodox Jews, and Catholics are branching out to different venues and different
distribution channels to bring movies of faith to the faithful.
With a national premiere of The Passion of Bernadette (official
website) set for the upcoming weekend of February 10-12th,
centered around the February 11th Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes,
Ignatius Press Marketing Director Anthony J. Ryan is excited about the opportunity
to offer this film to the public. The film is an accurate, sometimes sad,
sometimes funny depiction of the life of St. Bernadette, after the Blessed
Mother appeared to her at Lourdes.
Ryan says the longtime book publisher decided a national premiere was a
great way to let the world know about "a marvelous movie with a great
story. More and more people of faith are sayingwe dont have
to rely on Hollywood or the movie moguls of the entertainment business to
get high quality films out to the public."
recently, the latest Left Behind movie was first shown at Protestant
church and hall venues while the Orthodox Jewish movie Shizpin was offered
at specially rented theaters so Orthodox men and women could attend but
sit apart as their religion directs.
Ignatius Press is one of the largest Catholic book publishers in the U.S.
and the primary English language publisher of the works of Pope Benedict
XVI. The premiere will be shown at more than sixty locations around the
U.S. and Canada, including eight colleges: University of Dallas, Gonzaga
University, Thomas Aquinas College, Ave Maria University, Madonna University,
Christendom College, Franciscan University at Steubenville, and Redeemer
Pacific College in British Columbia, Canada.
Directed by French filmmaker Jean Delannoy, The Passion of Bernadette
tells the story of the impoverished fifteen-year-old girl who saw the
Lady in White at Lourdes in 1858but tells the little known tale of
the years after St. Bernadette Soubirous entered the convent at Nevers,
France, where she lived until her death at thirty-five.
This is the sequel to the first movie, Bernadette,also directed by
Delannoy and also starring Sydney Penny, now shown daily at the shrine at
Lourdes, France, and praised by the Vatican for its accurate depiction of
Delannoy tells the story of Bernadette with the eye of a filmmaker for a
storynot as an advocate for the faith. Delannoy is Protestant. Yet,
because Delannoys aim is to accurately tell the story of Bernadetteand
he does it wellthe films portrait of St. Bernadette and her
faith is perhaps even more powerful. Always a sickly, asthmatic child, Bernadette
left her family behind for the convent where she constantly battled life-threatening
bouts of illness under the eye of a skeptical mother superior who didnt
believe her visions.
"I am certain that the life and death of St. Bernadette will forever
hold a profound significance for all people," said Delannoy. "We
live in a time of violence, apparent in mens souls as well as in political
events, and even in global catastrophes. It is comforting that we can refer
to these two films which represent a commandment against war and racial
"You will love this filmperhaps even more than the first movie,
Bernadette. Why? Because it's the nitty, gritty, day to day story
of how Bernadette achieved sanctity in the ordinary details of life,"
The Passion of Bernadetteoffers "a deeper portrait of who she was
in terms of how she related to people on a daily basis, outside of the noise
of her celebrity," says actress Penny. "You really see what a
passion she had for life. I think the word passion has a double senseit,
of course, refers to the culmination of her life, but it also refers to
what she loved in life, how she loved life, how she clung to life."
Official "Bernadette" and "The Passion of Bernadette"
and venues for "The Passion of Bernadette"
of Holiness | Patricia A. McEachern, Ph.D. | The Introduction to
Holy Life: St. Bernadette of Lourdes
Hours in Lourdes | Stephen Sparrow
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