A Dollís House: Acting Cold as Snow

        My experience tells me that it is always better to read the book first and then watch the film, because you can conceive your own idea. As a result, you expect that the stored images in your brain fit with the enactment in the movie. Accordingly, I had read A Doll's House, written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, before I watched the movie A Doll's House, directed by Joseph Losey in 1973. I really perceived the book as interesting and amusing. However, I felt that the movie is very lifeless and monotonous.

        When I was reading the book, I had a picture in my mind about a warm setting full of emotions. Especially, the old house, in which Torvald and Nora lived and which was surrounded by a wonderful winter landscape, conveyed the feeling of a nice, little home. Furthermore, the way that Nora treated the children let to the assumption of a perfect family harmony. She was portrayed as a careful and lovely mother. The plot was also very exciting, and I could feel Torvaldís anger and Noraís shock and struggle especially at the end of the play.

        In contrast, I was really disappointed by the movie. There was not much action going on. Moreover, I felt that the setting did not convey this warmth, but rather the winter landscape and the snow was as emotionless and cold as the acting. Nora, who was played by Jane Fonda, was portrayed very distant. I have to admit that Jane Fonda did not her best job. Her acting was very amateurish and her voice monotonous. Therefore, I could never feel the emotions I had when I was reading the book. There was no passion in their work.

         I really enjoyed reading the book. Nevertheless, I consider the movie as very boring and not worth to watch. I am sure there are a people with other opinions, who love that movie, but this is just my assessment.

Sebastian Mildner