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Devotion (1946)

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

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Keith Winter (screenplay), Theodore Reeves (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Emily Brontë
Paul Henreid ... Rev. Arthur Nicholls
Olivia de Havilland ... Charlotte Brontë (as Olivia DeHavilland)
Sydney Greenstreet ... William Makepeace Thackeray
Nancy Coleman ... Anne Brontë
Arthur Kennedy ... Branwell Brontë
May Whitty ... Lady Thornton (as Dame May Whitty)
Victor Francen ... Constantin Heger
Montagu Love ... Rev. Brontë
Ethel Griffies ... Aunt Elizabeth Branwell
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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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afosiosis See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed between November 11, 1942 and mid-February 1943, the movie didn't premiere until April 5, 1946 at the Strand Theater in Manhattan. The rumor exists that the release was delayed while Olivia de Havilland, after completing Government Girl (1943) on loan to RKO, successfully sued Warner Bros. to terminate her contract without providing the studio an extra six months to make up for her time on suspension. However, it is far more likely that its release was delayed because it was a costume drama and, while likely to well in the USA, would be impossible to market on the war torn side of the Atlantic. Warner Bros would not have realistically shelved an expensive film like this, purely to spite an actress who was in litigation with the studio. See more »

Goofs

When Emily enters her brother's sickroom and doesn't completely shut its door, a hand and arm very obviously reaches out from outside the room and shuts it. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Bronte: People will always quarrel over Branwell.
Emily Bronte: And Branwell will always like it.
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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 emuir-1See 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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