To Walk Invisible

To Walk Invisible

The Bronte Sisters

DVD - 2017
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Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte face a bleak future, with their father half-blind, and troubled brother Branwell in decline. As their situation worsens, Charlotte sees that writing could offer a way out. This is the story of the sisters' great novels and their extraordinary battle for recognition.

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booksmile
Sep 02, 2019

Felt really real, dreary at first and then hopeful and then mixed...after watching I felt a bit down but also inspired to do something creative?
Interesting to see how a dramatic real life plus talent could have created such classic works of writing. Wish the story had given me more about the sisters and didn't spend so much time on the brother...
Feel like I need a jacket from the mist and wind off the moor!

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nelll
Jun 01, 2019

This was a very dull movie...couldn’t wait for it to finish....

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lindacat
Apr 25, 2019

Dismal. They refer to when they were teachers, travelled in Belgium and Charlotte had a sort of romance with a married man. But they needed to show this to make a film worthwhile as you can't just show the bad stuff and not the interesting.

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DawnWhite
Feb 23, 2019

Boring. It was hard to understand what they were even saying.

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ba_library
Jan 23, 2019

Very good BBC/PBS dramatization of the Bronte sisters. Their life story is a bit of a melodrama. Their father was a minister in rural north England (Haworth), their mother and two sisters passed away early. The three surviving sisters become famous writers. Their only brother Branwell was a bit of a mess; alcoholic, unemployed, generally debauched. Comments are mixed on this series, but I found it especially interesting when their life story and setting is reflected the in their books. I was a bit confused in the first episode trying to figure out what actress was playing which sister. The short actress with glasses is Charlotte. The actress with red hair is Anne and the last actress is Emily. Their lives and storylines appear throughout. Emily reminisces about a story while walking with children (some of the sisters worked as governesses) which outlines Wuthering Heights. Anne injects shades of Branwell into a character of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and of course Charlotte inserts bits of her life into Jane Eyre (at one point in the series they make a reference to Sarah Burns who was in the orphanage/school with Jane Eyre.) They had to initially publish their works under male pseudonyms because women did not write novels at that time. The series is set and filmed in the wild, rustic north England, but like the Bronte sisters it infuses flashes of beauty and genius into an otherwise drab and dreary setting.

JCLMargaretO Aug 07, 2018

Nice dramatization of circumstances that thrust the Bronte sisters into writing and their quest to publish.

I never knew the kind of struggles that the Bronte sisters faced. Never knew about the self-destructive, alcoholic brother, Branwell. The three actresses who play the sisters are really good, as is the brother. Beautiful scenery (Yorkshire) and a really good recreation of a Victorian parsonage.

DPLjosie May 02, 2018

A well made look at the Brontes. It's amazing that so many talented (genius?) individuals were in a single family.

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atfrancis
Apr 21, 2018

What marvelous women! To think they accomplished so much in so little time.
The literary world and the world of women were genuinely enriched by their contributions.

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djaf
Mar 24, 2018

Great film. I really appreciated the attempt to give us an authentic sense of the life of those times in general, and that that family in specific: the actresses were normal looking people, there was no make up, dresses that should have been dirty were, actually, dirty, really interesting fabrics were used as was the style of the day, the post horses grimy from long journeys, the small rooms, the caring interactions and the painful interactions - amazing landscapes - and the poetry of Anne Brönte - not to mention great dialogue, cinematography, directing.. This is a movie I will probably watch many times.

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Jul 13, 2017

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