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Devotion (1946)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  20 April 1946 (USA)
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Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published.

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Constantin Heger
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Rev. Bronte
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Aunt Branwell
Edmund Breon ...
Sir John Thornton
Odette Myrtil ...
Mme. Heger
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Ingraham
Marie De Becker ...
Tabby
Eily Malyon ...
Mrs. Thornton's Friend at the Ball
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Storyline

In Victorian England, literary siblings Emily and Charlotte Bronte vie for the affection of the Reverend Arthur Nichols. Along with their sister Anne, Emily and Charlotte also try to help their tormented brother Branwell, a gifted artist whose life is being destroyed by alcohol. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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It tells ALL about those Brontë sisters!...They didn't dare call it love- they tried to call it Devotion See more »

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Biography | Drama

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20 April 1946 (USA)  »

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Afosiosis  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warners initially tried to borrow Joan Fontaine for Emily Bronte so she could play opposite her real life sister, Olivia de Havilland, but when an agreement couldn't be reached, the part was played by Warner contractee Ida Lupino. See more »

Goofs

It is not explained how the very English curate Arthur Bell Nicholls speaks with a Germanic accent. See more »

Quotes

Emily Bronte: All our lives there has been too much left unsaid between us. Loving is the only thing that really matters, Charlotte. It's worthwhile being hurt a bit to find that out. The world has always frightened me a little, so I'm really not afraid to leave it now. Though sometimes, when I hear the wind blowing through the heather, or see the sun go down beyond Wuthering Heights, I think, perhaps, I'd like to stay just a little longer.
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Crazy Credits

Dame May Whitty's name is spelled incorrectly in the opening credits. It is spelled as follows - "Dame Mae Whitty" - using the spelling the same way that Mae West spelled her name, (with an E, and not a Y). This is a terrible blunder for such a highly respected actress. See more »

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A rarely seen enjoyable film
2 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although not historically accurate, this is a very enjoyable romantic view of the Bronte sisters and their devotion to each other and to their drug addicted brother. I am surprised that it has not been shown as often as the overwrought versions of Jane Eyre and Wuthering heights which were made around that time.

The performances are excellent, even more so because they are quietly underplayed for the times. The attention to detail is good, except for the scene where Charlotte returned to find Emily on her deathbed but left the front door wide open! Growing up on the Yorkshire moors about 10 miles away from Haworth, I know that no one would ever leave the door open on a cold stormy night. I kept wanting to shout in Yorkshire dialect "Put t'wood in't hoile!" (Shut the door, in English)

The Bronte sisters have been the subject of vastly more scholarly print than their combined output, but this film skims over the heartbreak and hardship they endured. One has to see the bleakness of the Haworth parsonage and the moors to begin to grasp what it must have been like for them. Death was a constant companion, taking all of them away in their early adulthood. Death from drink, tubercolosis and in Charlotte's case, childbirth, were the norm for those who survived infancy. Their lives were bleak, but their imagination was rich.

Picky picky details aside, this films deserves to be shown more often.


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