A Doll's House Casting Mistake

         The 1973 movie version of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 A Doll s House, directed by Joseph Losey, was not one of my favorite films that we watched this semester. I really did not care much for the play, and that probably tainted my viewing of the film.

         I guess it all boils down to the fact that I really did not get into the story at all. The movie was just as boring as the play was to me. I will say, however, that I liked the fact that the 1973 Joseph Losey version did not keep the action only in the house as the play did. He managed to throw in several outdoor scenes that at least broke up the monotony of the entire experience.

         I did think that the casting in this film was a positive point. Who could have played a woman being liberated better than a 1970s Jane Fonda? David Warner did a decent enough job in the role of Torvald. However, I shall always remember him as Jack the Ripper from the 1979 film Time After Time, directed by Nicholas Meyer, so he kind of creeped me out unexpectedly at times throughout the film.

         I think that the play had more of a sense impending doom as far as the letter in the mailbox was concerned. Even though I did not care much for the play, I at least was drawn in wondering about how the letter was going to have an impact upon the characters once it was read. In the film it was almost comical to see Jane Fonda dancing around, trying to distract Torvald from going to check on the letter box.

         All in all I really did not enjoy this movie. The actors were fine in their roles. However, there have been many bad films with good actors in the past, and I am sure there will be many more to come. All in all, I hope that this misguided movie will get lost in the mix.

Adam Hlava

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