Dionne quintuplets

Canada, 1978

Film
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Back in 1934, Elzire Dionne delivered five identical girls. This documentary 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 their parent’s care. Cut off from the world and their family, over-publicised, viewed twice daily in a special viewing compound, they grew up as prize exhibits. Director Donald Brittain uses newsreel footage, home movie sequences and interviews to depict a historic event that became a tragic exploitation of a family.

Credits

co-producer

Paul Wright

Peter Katadotis

Donald Brittain

production company

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

National Film Board of Canada

Duration

01:27:00:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1978

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

33914

Language

English

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Home movies and video

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Mass media

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Canada

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Births, Multiple

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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