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Masterpiece: To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters DVD
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Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë face a life of hardship. Trapped at home with few opportunities, they share the burden of supporting their father and their troubled brother, but Charlotte sees that writing novels could offer a way out.
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3.0

Wonderful, but should have had subtitles

By the Beviant

from Montreal

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters DVD:

Wonderfully picturesque film of the Bronte sisters, just at the point where they decide to publish under men's names, and then keep their success secret for their troubled brother's sake. It helps if you already know the Brontes' story, since I found it so difficult to understand their speech. First of all, they had a strong Yorkshire accent. Secondly, they whispered or murmured almost everything they said to keep their secret. Oh how I wished for a translation! Wonderful scenery of the moors, and of the girls' dresses, although I found myself wondering just how many dresses a parson's daughter might have, since each
girl was in a different, lovely, brownish tartan or other russet dress every time the scene changed, except for Emily, who was the one always on the moors, true to her Cathy type personality. I wish there had been more effort put into showing their strange childhood, when they all played gods to a kingdom called Angria; instead, we see a flashback of children taking tiny living creatures out of boxes to play with (great!) and then see the children with flaming heads (???) at a banquet table. Explanation, please. If you didn't know about Angria, you'd be lost, although I caught mention of it when Charlotte (the adult) was asking her sisters if they wrote anything other than stories about Angria (basicallly fan fiction about their own created kingdom). Still, Angria and their childhood (shown here mainly in them romping about the house loudly, fencing) is the glue that held them to Branwell even after he began drinking and taking laudenum. So----buy the video. Maybe it has close-captioning. But first look up the Brontes on line and get acquainted with their lives, so you can figure out what 's happening moment to moment. And beware, because it gets quite harrowing.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Each frame a painting;each actor in character;BBC perfection

By Suze

from Dublin, OH

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters DVD:

Wow! ...the acting was superb and the whole of the story, captivating in a somber way, maybe but
also, interesting to me. I wasn't sure if this were 'fiction' or fact, but I have not read 'the book' &
though hard to understand..the dialouge, the acting skills of the whole cast were excellent and
compelled the viewer to really, clearly, understand the era..the culture of the time..The way they
diffured to the male in the room, etc. They women were so solemn and polite around the father.
It really was so much more sophisticated then, in every way...appearences and how one would
communicate..in every single daily act..ritual.. I loved it. Especially the scenery, the land, the
buildings in the backround.. the crisp whites of the collars, against the taupe and black of the
wool coats and hats. Each scene, like an oil painting..a "Sargent" or a "Whistler"! ...

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