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- kevin sellers
It's amazing how a movie about two of the greatest writers in English literature can be so badly written, huh? Not one single line of dialogue from scenarists Keith Winter and Ed Chodorov is memorable. And some are outright laughable like Emily (i.e. Ida Lupino) cradling her dead brother in her arms and moaning "BranwellBranwell" like she's summoning up a long lost bowl of cereal. And those death dream sequences in the hands of a clunky director like Curt Bernhardt, are fairly risible as well. Give it a C instead of a C minus 'cause I can watch Ida in anything and Arthur Kennedy's pretty good, too, as the dissolute sib. P.S. Poor Anne. Musta been hard to have been merely a very good writer with two sisters who were great. If this was Goodreads instead of TCM I'd advise you to check out "Tennant Of Wildfell Hall." Good study of a bad marriage.
- kathy massey
Absolutely, wonderful movie. 5 stars
A Great Movie for English Literature fans.
I majored in English Literature and rapturously love Wuthering Heights. I like Jane Eyre, but have always thought Wuthering Heights was "the greater book". I have never seen or heard of this movie before, but I watched it today and was deeply moved. I loved that it told a story of Emily and Charlotte that related to their inspirations for their respective novels. To have Emily's spirit wander out to the moors like Heathcliff and Catherines are seen to do at the end of Wuthering Heights was the perfect touch at the end. I came to your website to look up more about this movie and why I had never heard of it. I wanted to purchase it for my private collection and I'm very disappointed it is not available. I know that fans of the Bronte sisters' writings are still legion and having this on DVD would be a treasure for us.
Devotion (A Fitting Title)
- mike foley
I have never seen this movie until today. My wife and I watched it because we first saw "miss Mellie", one of our favorite characters from Gone With The Wind. It took awhile for me to recognize the name Bronte and finally when I did it all made sense. Beyond that, superbly acted out by the best of the times, with many familiar faces from other movies I well know. We both enjoyed this movie very much and it reminded us of the Jane Austen books, made movies, which we love as well. We now plan to watch Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, when TCM shows them or we find them elsewhere. Bravo!
AN UNSUNG MASTERPIECE
- Henando Desoto
This film, a favorite of mine, has never gotten the attention it deserves. One of the reasons, explained by Robert Osborne during a recent TCM showing, is that the studio was then at war with Olivia DeHavilland and the film was held from release for several years. Another, that this account of the Bronte Sisters is largely fictional as are many Hollywood Biopics and so the critics dismissed it. But talk about Mood! This is as romantic as WUTHERING HEIGHTS itself. Production values are first rate and Ida Lupino gives the performance of her life in the part of Emily Bronte which seems to have been written for Bette Davis but fits Ida like a body stocking. Olivia DeHavilland is great as Emily's sister Charlotte, author of JANE EYRE but it's Ida's movie, all the way. The supporting cast are all at the top of their games, especially Arthur Kennedy as ne'er do well brother Bramwell. Look for Ethel Griffies (The Birds) in a small part as their Aunt. This is a tru WB classic and deserves to be on DVD.
- Clarence Colvin
My wife & I think this is one of the best movies we have seen. Superb acting and story. Would purchse it on DVD if available for Christmas gifts.
A real find and treat!
I watched this last nite, AFTER, Wuthering Heights and it was so much fun to see them back to back, like that! I'm not sure how many movies of this type are around but you should try to do this more often, because while I understand this wasn't an accurate bio of the sisters it followed their lives closely enough for me and I really enjoyed it! If you do this with movies already, sorry, I'll have to be more observant! Only thing that would have been the topper, would have been Jane Eyre, after!
I Love this movie
This movie has everything i love in moves.The time preoid.The actresses,and actors.
Enjoyable on its own terms...
Although not an accurate bio, DEVOTION benefits from the strong performances of an excellent cast. It can be enjoyed on its own terms as a Victorian romantic drama with Ida Lupino (as Emily Bronte) and Olivia (as Charlotte) doing wonderful work, as do Paul Henried, Sydney Greenstreet and Arthur Kennedy. Well worth watching, literate and absorbing, with a rich score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Very well done film. Lupino is superb.
Definitely worth the watch. Dialogue is exceptional-perhaps best aspect of film.
please play the 1946 movie devotion.thank you.