An Effective Cinematic Rendering of A Doll’s House

         A Doll’s House was a very enjoyable film and play. The play, written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, was very similar to Joseph Losey’s film written in 1973. I really enjoyed Nora’s character, especially as portrayed by Jane Fonda; I found her independent and a very knowledgeable lady. I found Nora’s character to be one that thinks differently from many of the women during that time period. Nora was smart, brave, and she thought “outside of the box.”

         Nora’s character is a much like the women in today’s society. Women are usually the individuals that want new, exciting things and spend more money than the husband. I feel many women can relate to her. Nora was not a wrongful character though; she was simply a woman who had expensive tastes and longed for the best things in life. Many women can relate to Nora’s character.

         One difference I found between the play and the film is Dr. Rank’s character. His feelings for Nora were depicted by Trevor Howard differently in the film from the way they were delineated in the play. Dr. Rank seemed to be more forward in the film, whereas he was subtler in the play. In the film Dr. Rank practically confessed his love for Nora and made the scene awkward for the two characters. I felt as if there was more going on, emotionally, between Nora and Dr. Rank in the film than there was to be in the play.

         The last scene in the film was perhaps the most effective scene in the movie. It let Nora’s true feelings be revealed and really tied the movie all together in this scene. Nora confessing her unhappiness to Torvald (David Warner)--“Not wanting to be a doll in his house”--is what really made the movie so magnificent. The depiction of the last scene is what explained the title of the play, A Doll’s House. In the last scene Nora explained her actions, feelings, and her reasons for leaving her children, which automatically let the viewer realize what a strong emotional scene this was. I felt like the movie elaborated more on the feelings and emotions of Nora at the end of the film than it did in the play. I think this elaboration in the film was necessary for the viewer to acknowledge the seriousness of Nora’s actions.

         In conclusion, I believe Losev’s effectively) illustrated Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House. This film was perhaps my favorite because I really got involved with Nora’s character, especially in the last scene. I felt Nora’s pain, wants, and emotions in the end, making me feel pity for her and yet happiness for her future at the same time. I truly enjoyed A Doll’s House and would recommend it to anyone.

Ashley Henderson

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