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In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of religious experiences are cause for serious concern. Yet the children stand by their story, and the message of peace and hope the Lady brings. In the last vision, attended by thousands of people, the Lady proves her reality with a spectacular miracle that is seen by everyone present. Based on actual events at Fatima in the summer of 1917.Written by
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Max Steiner, (who was Jewish) composed the Oscar nominated musical score, of the movie. He accomplished this in part by researching Catholic hymns to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and discovering a similar musical construct in some of them, which he then employed in the theme music. See more »
Just before the first vision occurs, Sherry Jackson picks up a little lamb, and holds it all the way through the vision. Frontal shots (from the lady's POV, showing the kids looking up) show her holding an actual lamb. Shots from the rear (showing the three children before the bush with the lady on it) show Sherry holding an obvious wooden or plastic model. See more »
Simplified version of events is sincere attempt to tell the story...
Missing the mark is this MIRACLE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, although a sincere attempt has been made to tell the story without too many additions or over-dramatizing of actual events. Even Max Steiner's busy background score is not enough to overcome the many flaws evident in the telling.
The simple truth is that none of it comes to life as vividly as THE SONG OF BERNADETTE managed to do during the previous decade, with its nuanced understanding of the various political events that shaped the period. Here the political elements are seen simply as a repression of all things pertaining to religion and oppression of The Catholic Church by the authorities in Portugal in a sort of paranoia about Communism.
To be fair, this tale of children seeing The Virgin Mary and stirring up the wrath of unbelievers is told in a straightforward manner without any name stars or over-dramatizing of the actual events. And the only marquee name is GILBERT ROLAND whose role is that of a fictional rogue who helps the children when they need some aid.
But the children are not quite up to the task demanded of them by the screenplay (nor are they as appealing as they ought to be) and the script never matches the soaring religiosity of Steiner's musical themes. The climactic spinning of the sun for the miracle sequence is well done even though this was long before CGI effects were available.
On the technical side, the Warnercolor badly needs restoration. It has a muddy look that surely is not intentional nor the way it looked when the film was originally released.
Overall, a fairly accurate re-telling of events but not as inspirational as it should have been. Hopefully, it will prompt those who don't know the Fatima story to do some research of their own.
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