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Devotion (1946)

Ida Lupino , Olivia Dehavilland , Curtis Bernhardt  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ida Lupino, Olivia Dehavilland, Paul Henreid, Arthur Kennedy, Sydney Greenstreet
  • Directors: Curtis Bernhardt
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RAF4SM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Devotion" on IMDb

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Sisters Emily and Charlotte Bronte? lived to write, weaving tales rich with characters, incident and passion from the poor Yorkshire vicarage they called home. Devotion tells the story - with more than a dash of literary license - of these daring women who created Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Ida Lupino and Olivia deHavilland portray the sisters, yearning for literary success and the love of the same man (Paul Henreid). Arthur Kennedy is a standout as their troubled brother Branwell, a would-be artist who drowns his talent in brandy. And a fine supporting cast, including Sydney Greenstreet, Dame Mae Whitty, Nancy Coleman and Montagu Love (in his final film), helps bring 19th-century England vividly alive.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you're a fan of 1940s "conveyor belt" Hollywood productions that feature familiar Warner Brothers (WB) "contract" actors, you'll probably enjoy DEVOTION (if my description of such films sounds demeaning, it wasn't meant to be; after all, CASABLANCA was one such film). Or, if you're a fan of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte - famed 19th century novelists - who doesn't take things too seriously, you'll probably enjoy watching this 1946 offering simply to see what biographical tidbits were referenced. Of course, without having first heard of this film, you may not even be aware that it IS a biopic about the famous sisters from Yorkshire and the cover of this dvd certainly doesn't help as it does NOT mention them at all and, indeed, shows the actors starring in it NOT in their costumes from the production, but, rather, in modern attire.

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

The plot of this film revolves around Emily's (fictitious) unrequited love for her father's curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls, and his love for Charlotte, whom he would marry in real life, but only after years of her indifference (according to acclaimed Bronte biographer, Juliet Barker, Charlotte's gradual change of feeling towards the younger man was prompted by her sympathy after turning down his offer of marriage and then learning of her father's abuse of him for not seeking Patrick's blessing first and for reaching "above his station" as a "lowly" curate [Charlotte was by that time known to be the famous "Currer Bell"]). And, the story is set in the years just before and after the sisters saw the publication of their debut novels, but with much "creative license" taken by the scriptwriter and director (for ex.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Despite the fact that this treatment of the famous Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) and their tormented brother Branwell (Arthur Kennedy) gives their story a romantic glow (instead of the harsh reality of their life on the moors), it can be enjoyed on the level of a well-acted, sometimes overwrought romantic drama with sterling performances by Ida Lupino and Olivia de Havilland, as well as an excellent one from Arthur Kennedy as the brother who wastes his talent.

The large cast includes Sydney Greenstreet (effective as Thackeray), Victor Francen, Nancy Coleman, Ethel Griffies and Dame May Witty. It may not be an accurate biography (in fact some critics said it should have been called 'Distortion'), but thanks to fine performances and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's magnificent score, it's fascinating to watch. Particularly effective is the montage showing a horse and rider against a cloudy sky as death approaches Emily Bronte and Korngold's music mounts as he comes closer and closer. Wonderful moment of imagery.

Whatever its shortcomings, I cannot praise Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score enough. It's one of his most magnificent and stands with KINGS ROW as one of his best film scores, adding majesty and atmosphere to many of the film's most dramatic scenes. This wonderful score is now available on CD and well worth having if you're a Korngold admirer.

Trivia note: DEVOTION has a strange history. It was actually filmed and finished in 1943 while de Havilland was still under contract to the studio. When she launched her famous legal battle against them for adding suspension time to the end of her contract, Jack Warner decided to punish her.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A biographical motion picture August 20, 2011
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The story of the Bronte sisters (with some literary license) who gave us Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Ida Lupino and Olivia deHavilland play the sisters Emily and Charlotte Bronte. Paul Henreid has the role of the man they are in love with. This is one of the many motion pictures where Sydney Greenstreet appears in a supporting role (see also Casablanca, etc.) paired up with Paul Henreid who has a major role. The film was originally released in 1946, so don't expect modern theater technologies. It is a lesser known film than others featuring the cast members, and is of interest to fans of the individual actors and actresses, or to people studying the history of the real characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK so it's not historically correct December 5, 2012
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I know Hollywood didn't get it quite right, but in the hands of this cast, I don't care. I adore Ida Lupino and am happy to have this movie. And I love the Korngold score!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth biopic about the Bronte sisters March 10, 2013
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Beautifully filmed in b & w, Lupino gives another dramatic performance as Emily Bronte, the more serious writer of WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Olivia de Havilland plays the more extroverted Charlotte and easily wins Paul Henried for herself as her friend/lover. Sydney Greenstreet is back again as Wm. M. Thackery but that wonderful Korngold score almost steals the entire film from its stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Favorite authors, so I enjoyed it. Good service - fast delivery. It tells the story about the three sisters that touched so many lives by writing masterpieces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie February 22, 2013
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An exceptional cast, wonderful acting and a great story line made this film one of my all time favorites. Definitely a keeper!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I can't help myself
As a Bronte enthusiast, I should dislike this movie. As history it's not Bronte fiction or even Bronte fantasy, it's Bronte sausage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Voves
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am a Prisoner From a Chain Gang
In other words, I don't have a copy of Devotion. I won't pay for it and can't rent it. There was a free youtube of it several months ago which I watched. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike J. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Olivia & Ida together!
I have been a huge Olivia Dehavilland fan since I was 12 years old ( I'm now 72) and try to get as many of her films that I can.
Published 7 months ago by Sara Fernandez
2.0 out of 5 stars Devotion
Although the shipping was very fast, I really didn't get to see the ending of this movie on Turner Classic Movies, well when I did get to see the ending, it was terrible. Read more
Published 8 months ago by leopold
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
I enjoyed this movie and had seen it before but wanted it for my own. (Five more words required--this is silly)
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love,Trust and faithfulness
I really enjoyed it because it connected me to the the books weathering Heights and Jane Eyre which are two of my favorite books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Annie Ivory
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotion
I was very happy to add this movie to my home librry. It has long been a favorite of mine but had been unavailable on DVD until recently. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hernando DeSoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Devotion
This was such a surprise to find this movie. As a BIG fan of the Bronte's I fell in love with this moving and well told movie. I highly suggest watching it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by George
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