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Les soeurs Brontë -- In a small presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor, the Bronte sisters write their first works and quickly become literary sensations.


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In a small presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor, the Bronte sisters write their first works and quickly become literary sensations. | Add synopsis »
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"The Bronte Sisters" Have Never Been Frencher
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The rise and rise of Brontëmania
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Directed by
André Téchiné 
Writing credits
Pascal Bonitzer (scenario and dialogue) &
André Téchiné (scenario and dialogue)

Jean Gruault (participation)

Produced by
Yves Gasser .... producer
Klaus Hellwig .... producer
Yves Peyrot .... producer
Alain Sarde .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Bruno Nuytten 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Production Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
Costume Design by
Christian Gasc 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup designer
Chantal Durpoix .... hair stylist
Florence Fouquier D'Herouel .... assistant makeup artist (as Florence Fouquier)
Jean-Pierre Mouge .... hair stylist
Production Management
Leszek Burzynski .... assistant production manager (as Leszek Burzynsky)
Daniel Messère .... production manager (as Daniel Messere)
Jean-François Pierrard .... assistant production manager
Jeremy Thomas .... production manager
Tim Van Rellim .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Centonze .... first assistant director
Hervé Duhamel .... assistant director
Charlotte Trench .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michèle Abbé-Vannier .... assistant art director
Bernard Geanty .... assistant art director
Pierre Gompertz .... assistant art director
Geoffroy Larcher .... property master
Claude Poulain .... assistant art director
Albert Wiss .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Alain Curvelier .... sound
Maurice Gilbert .... sound mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound recordist
Jacques Lévy .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Bihi .... electrician
Victor Hammond .... assistant camera
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Idislawe Kielar .... assistant camera
Guy Savidan .... electrician
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
Romain Winding .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Fraisse .... costumer
Wendy McCullagh .... costumer (as Wendy Mc Cullagh)
Editorial Department
Elisabeth Moulinier .... assistant editor
Sylvie Quester .... assistant editor
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music engineer
Elizabeth Harwood .... musician: Cantatrice
London Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra
Philippe Sarde .... music adaptator
Carlo Savina .... conductor
Roger Woodward .... musician: piano
Other crew
Michèle Andreucci .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Bronte Sisters" - International (English title) (festival title)
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France:120 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Original cut runs 180 minutes.See more »
Emily Brontë:I spit on love and all its vanity.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "The Brontës of Haworth" (1973)See more »
Ouverture de Tancrède (Tancredi)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Prominently aesthetic and atmospheric...", 9 May 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

French screenwriter and director André Téchiné's fourth feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter, actor and director Pascal Bonitzer and French screenwriter, producer and actor Jean Grault, premiered In competition at the 32nd Cannes Film festival in 1979 and is a French production which was produced by Klaus Hellwig, Yves Gasser, Yves Peyrot and executive produced by French actor and producer Alain Sarde. It tells the story about the Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their brother Patrick Branwell Brontë who grew up in a rural village called Haworth in West Yorkshire, England with their widowed father Patrick Brontë, an Irish Anglican parish priest and their aunt Elizabeth Branwell who helped raise them ever since her sister Maria passed away. The three sisters are planning to open a small school for young girls in a parsonage where they earlier in their lives had gone to Sunday school, and in February 1842 Charlotte and Emily leaves their home to enroll at a boarding school in Brussel, Belgium which is run by Belgian teacher Constantin Héger and his wife Claire Héger. While the two eldest sisters are away studying languages and teaching, Anne is a governess to the children of reverend Edmund Robinson and his wife Lydia and Branwell paints, but after receiving notice about illness in their family in October that same year, Charlotte and Emily returns to Haworth.

Acutely and precisely directed by post-New Wave filmmaker André Téchiné, this finely paced period piece draws a quiet and intimate portrayal of the relationship between the four Brontë siblings and their struggles during the Victorian Era in the mid-19th century. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, stellar cinematography by French cinematographer and director Bruno Nuytten, production design by French-born production designer and actor Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko and costume design by costume designer Christian Gasc, this character-driven and dialog-driven drama depicts four condensed studies of character and examines themes like family relations, independence and social distinctions.

This somewhat romantic biographical story which traces significant parts in the lives of the Brontë siblings from 1842 to 1854, contains a fine score by French composer Philippe Sarde and is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure and the reverent and understated acting performances by French actress and singer Isabelle Adjani, French actress Isabelle Huppert, French actress, screenwriter and director Marie-France Pisier (1944-2011) and French actor Pascal Greggory. A prominently aesthetic and atmospheric film which gained nominations for Best Cinematography Bruno Nuytten and Best Editing Claudine Merlin at the 5th César Awards in 1980.

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