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The Dionne Quintuplets ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB526285
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Donald Brittain, Peter Katadotis, Paul Wright
Directors:  Donald Brittain
Producing Agencies:  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Toronto),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal),Société Radio-Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, French, History, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1978
Running Time:  87m 02s


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Back in 1934, Elzire Dionne delivered five identical girls. The Dionne Quintuplets follows Cecile, Emilie, Marie, Yvonne and Annette through twenty-one years of strange upbringing. When the girls were just infants, the premier of Ontario issued a court order removing them from parental care. Cut off from the world and their family, over-publicized, viewed twice daily in a special viewing compound, they grew up as prize exhibits. Director Donald Brittain uses old newsreel footage, home-movie sequences and interviews to depict a historic event that became a tragic exploitation of a family. Based on the book The Dionne Years by Pierre Berton.

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