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Devotion

1946 1h 47m Biography List
Reviews 56% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
As sisters Emily (Ida Lupino), Charlotte (Olivia de Havilland) and Anne Brontë (Nancy Coleman) all work on their novels, they each face their own series of tragedies. Both Charlotte and Anne fall in love with handsome Arthur Nicholls (Paul Henreid), and Emily struggles to keep their troubled brother, Branwell (Arthur Kennedy), away from the bottle so he can focus on his painting. While happiness eludes them, all three sisters use their personal heartache as inspiration for their writing. Read More Read Less

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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B- Feb 21, 2013 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Makes no effort to apologize for being historically inaccurate. Rated: C+ Feb 8, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Too inacuate to work. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/04/23 Full Review Frances H Although the cast is good, the fictionalized love triangle that ran through the whole film was rather melodramatic, as were the death scenes of Branwell and Emily, while making it seem that Emily died from a tragic unrequited love, when in reality, the many deaths in the Bronte family came from water in the house being polluted by run off from the grave yard (which is certainly not a romantic cause of death). The music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold almost made this a movie worth watching, But the casting of Paul Henreid as An English curate was not well done (English curates don't have Dutch accents). And no English create could have afforded to send Emily and Charlotte to a school in Belgium. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/14/20 Full Review Audience Member nd cynical they are, entirely miss the powerful dramatic quality of this film. Enough already with this "historically inaccurate," supersmart criticism. They're unapologetic about this deviation fro m he historical facts because their intention was to make a colorful movie, not a faithful documentary. Therefore, the romantic tribulations of Olivia de Haviland and Ida Lupino are placed front and center. Paul Henreid and Victor Francen play important roles. Sydney Greenstreet, as the author of Vanity Fair, fits in very well. The cast as a whole is quite impressive (Lupino is as usual at the top of her game.} Reviewers! Stop trying to show how well you've done youe research and how well you've defended histortical accuracy, and just watch the movie in itself You might find more there than you realized. Mark Sacharoff Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Fun and enjoyable bio of the Bronte, if historically inaccurate. Great cast and handsome production. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie would have been much more enjoyable if it had not been a Bronte sisters movie. When you approach it as a romanticized version of the sisters (and brother)' lives... it just stop making sense. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent but unspectacular biopic about the Bronte sisters with Olivia de Havilland and Ida Lupino as Emily and Charlotte. Telling about their lives, their writing and struggles as female authors could have been a pretty strong film, but instead it becomes a fairly standard love triangle costume drama along the lines of one of their novels. Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet and Arthur Kennedy also appear. Erich Wolfgang Korngold provided the fine score. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis As sisters Emily (Ida Lupino), Charlotte (Olivia de Havilland) and Anne Brontë (Nancy Coleman) all work on their novels, they each face their own series of tragedies. Both Charlotte and Anne fall in love with handsome Arthur Nicholls (Paul Henreid), and Emily struggles to keep their troubled brother, Branwell (Arthur Kennedy), away from the bottle so he can focus on his painting. While happiness eludes them, all three sisters use their personal heartache as inspiration for their writing.
Director
Curtis Bernhardt
Producer
Robert Buckner
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Biography
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Mar 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 47m