Changed Perception

         A first impression of a film often makes or breaks any positive feelings for any future productions of a movie, but since I was required to watch two 1973 versions of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 A Doll's House, directed by Joseph Losey and Patrick Garland respectively,  it allowed my opinion to change from despising the movie to the point of possibly embracing it.

         First and foremost, the feel of the first movie, directed by Joseph Losey, was completely outrageous. Consequently, the mood of the film just did not seem as realistic as that in the second version of the film, directed by Patrick Garland. For instance, the setting of the story, which was in Norway, was supposed to be dark and have almost a claustrophobic feel. The reason behind the dark feel is that winter in Norway has only a few scarce hours of daylight. In Losey's version, Jane Fonda, who portrays Nora, is constantly outside frolicking in the snow during daylight. On the other hand, the more realistic version, shot by Garland, has each of the characters in dark and in rather gloomy settings.

         Furthermore, I found Losey's A Doll's House to be overacted, mainly by Jane Fonda and perhaps underacted by rest. Many of the characters seemed to lack personality, especially David Warner's Torvald, who seemed to be overly dry and boring. Throughout the movie, I never found a happy medium in acting skills with any of the cast. I found Losey's movie to be an overall disappointment. But with the Garland's version, I found a better acceptance for the movie. Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Torvald was likable, which made the film more appealing to watch; and Claire Bloom's calmer, more sophisticated version of Nora made the film more refined.

         The two movies were as different as night and day, with one having the ability to appall and the other with the ability to appeal.

Holly Gray

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