To Walk Invisible: The Bronte SistersHDClosed Captioning
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Learn the extraordinary story of how, against all odds, the famous literary trio had their genius for writing romantic novels recognized in a male-dominated 19th-century world.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart 1||It is 1845 in Haworth, a remote village in rural West Yorkshire. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë are sisters, living in their family home on the moors with their aging father Patrick and troubled brother Branwell. As Branwell's behaviour becomes more erratic, Charlotte realizes she must do something to halt the family’s decline. Years ago she gave up writing: although wilful, inspired Emily and quietly steely Anne never stopped. Now Charlotte thinks they should try publishing their work together. But in an age where talented women are overlooked, they must do it in secret.||1:00:30||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart 2||Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are finally published writers – although as women, they must use the pen names Acton, Currer, and Ellis Bell. Unfortunately, their brother Branwell has gone into terrible decline. When Branwell tries to give up alcohol, his family are forced to nurse him; and when Charlotte discovers her book has been rejected by publishers, she must rally to produce an even greater work of fiction. As Branwell’s demons threaten to take hold of him forever, will Charlotte and her sisters ever be able to reveal their true identities as three of the greatest writers of their age?||1:01:23||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Though I've always liked the British PBS TV shows/movies, this one was different, unfortunately. I felt like I was slogging through it just to get it over with. The movie focused largely on the sisters' alcoholic brother’s dysfunction rather than on the sisters' publishing career, which was really in the background. And most of the personalities were difficult and rather unpleasant: the obnoxious personalities of two of the sisters and their soft enabler father, and, of course, the brother was particularly grating. It was a miserable task to watch this series. One could say that was the Brontes' lives, yes, but why focus so much on alcoholism and why not focus more on the writing, as that's what viewers are expecting, given the title of this series.
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While the acting and the design is wonderful, the movie could focus on the sisters more than it did. I didn't like the way the movie deviated from the sisters and their path to literary fame and focused on their alcoholic brothers. I thought the sisters were the focus of the movie; not the brother. Other tha that, it is a great watch for Brontë enthusiasts!
For me, this series was an extraordinary experience. First the beautiful evocation of the Yorkshire moors and villages, then the sensational performances of each memebr of the cast. From the first moment they seem totally authentic and believable and you care about their outcomes. I was gobsmacked1