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The Bronte Sisters [Blu-ray] (1979)

Isabelle Huppert , Isabelle Adjani , André Téchiné  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier, Pascal Greggory, Patrick Magee
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, André Téchiné, Jean Gruault
  • Producers: Alain Sarde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The rediscovered Classic now fully re-mastered and available for the first time EVER. Three of France s most enduring actresses star in this moody and atmospheric look at the reclusive lives of the Brontë sisters. In a dreary presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor, the sisters write their first works that quickly become literary sensations. Their brother, Branwell, a gifted painter, becomes entangled in a complicated May-December romance that tragically effects everyone in the family.
Bonus Features: 60 Minute Documentary Featurette with Director André Téchiné, Screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer and more, Feature Length Audio Commentary, Trailers.

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One of the most significant post-New Wave French filmmakers has been André Téchiné. I've been a huge supporter of his work for several decades now with some of my favorites being 1985's "Rendez-vous," 1994's "Wild Reeds," 2009's "The Girl on the Train" and even 2011's "Unforgettable." I was somewhat surprised, therefore, that I was completely oblivious of his 1979 work "The Brontë Sisters." There is no denying the enduring fascination with the Brontë clan. Who wouldn't want more insight into the family that created these literary giants? But when you cast the fantastic trio of Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, and Marie-France Pisier, the film takes on a whole new dimension. What a cast! I was absolutely thrilled to get my hands on this film to see what I had been missing. In this day and age, I'd watch any project that starred just one of these ladies. Putting them together, however, seems an abundance of riches. But for all the star power in his leading ladies, Téchiné seems a bit more focused on their brother Branwell (a terrific Pascal Greggory).

Well made, if largely aloof, "The Brontë Sisters" becomes somewhat of a mixed bag for me. I absolutely loved Greggory and the tale of Branwell. While his arc was certainly vital in relationship to his sisters, I really didn't feel any substantial closeness or even clarity to the women. This biographical drama follows the siblings from an approximate period of 1842 to 1854, from a reclusive upbringing to where the women became publishing phenomena by putting out major works using male pseudonyms. Pisier plays Charlotte (Jane Eyre), Adjani is Emily (Wuthering Heights), and Huppert embodies Anne (Agnes Grey).
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In this version, director André Téchiné uses the structure of the relationship between the three remaining Bronte sisters and their brother Branwell Bronte. This is a convenient device since it allows the use of the famous Branwell painting of his sisters as a powerful visual symbol of the movie and their lives. However, to say this movie is all about Branwell is a little misleading even though he occupies significant run time. In the end, it is still the story of the Bronte sisters within that family context.

THE STORY: The movie picks up with the siblings pretty much all into adulthood and seeking education and employment. The movie does not explain that two older sisters had long since passed away when Branwell was only 8 years old. Charlotte, Emily and Anne are industrious and actively seek out knowledge and experience so they can later establish their own school in Harworth. Branwell is torn between a career in writing and in painting. Early in the movie he creates a painting of he and the three sisters together. We know this painting will later become extremely famous due to the image of the sisters and hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of London. Unfortunately, Branwell's efforts are a little more inconsistent than his sister's and he has difficulty with employment and alcohol. The movie gives us somewhat of a view of each sister's personality and events in their lives that likely influenced each famous novel. It was very interesting to see Emily in particular as she is perhaps the most unique personality of the three.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Era Sisters Create Romantic Novels August 16, 2013
"The Bronte Sisters" is a biodrama nominated for the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Director and co-writer Andre Techine achieves an authentic depiction of the bleak, lonely existence of the Victorian-era Bronte sisters, Emily (Isabelle Adjani), Charlotte (Marie-France Pisier), and Anne (Isabelle Huppert).

The young women live in a Yorkshire village under the stern eye of their minister father (Patrick Magee, "A Clockwork Orange"), and also must deal with their troubled, opium-addicted brother, Bramwell (Pascal Gregory). While all four siblings have artistic ambitions, their dreams are thwarted by romantic disappointments and tragic illness. But against all obstacles and using pseudonyms, the sisters publish their poetry and novels.

Through beautiful cinematography and highly atmospheric music (by Philippe Sarde), Techine contrasts the sisters' humdrum lives with the wildly romantic fantasies that they created in such novels as "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre." Blu-ray extras include a 60-minute documentary featurette and audio commentary. The film is in French, with English subtitles.
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