Movie Mishap

         In today's terms most people flock to movies instead of the original written works. In the case of the 1973 film A Doll's House (based on Henry Ibsen 's 1879 play of the same title), directed by Joseph Losey, movie buffs would be better off to drive to the library to pick up the original play as opposed to going to the local Blockbuster.

         After reading the play, I found it to be entertaining, definitely not the best work I have ever read; but it was still entertaining. Watching the movie was quite a different story though. The movie had too many problems to look past, and they were not small problems to me but instead rather large and extremely distracting.

         The acting was very irritating for me. Granted, not everyone in the movie was horrid, but one in particular I could not stand and that was Jane Fonda (Nora). I realized that in the play Nora was supposed to be, in a sense, Torvald's doll and more of way of entertainment for him than his wife, but Fonda took the part way too far. It was extremely unnecessary for her to do half of the motions she did while on screen. There was absolutely no need for her to clasp her hands together and swing from side to side every other scene. It was almost painful to watch her portrayal on the big screen, especially her frantic movements of her version of the tarantella.

         In addition to bad acting, there were other aspects of the movie that were as equally as annoying, such as the music that never seemed to go with the right part of the movie; and where music would have been appropriate it was dead silent. The scenes when Fonda's Nora was walking throughout the town particularly come to mind when I think of a bad use of music. The changes in the dialog were silly and sometimes impertinent to the movie. I especially was not fond of the added introduction. The cinematography was not up to key; for example, many times during the film it seemed that the shots were taken from too far away. This movie could have been made into something much better, but it is evident that not enough effort was put forth to achieve greatness.

Holly Gray

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