Cinematic Scenic Differences

         Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play, A Doll's House was depicted very well by Joseph Losey's 1973 film, A Doll's House, and Patrick Garland's 1973 film version of A Doll's House. The cast in both movies depicted Ibsen's characters well, and the settings were very close to the settings described in the play. Two main differences that stood out to me were the scenes between Dr. Rank and Nora, and the ending scene with Nora and Torvald.

        First of all, the scene between Dr. Rank and Nora (Dr. Rank confesses his love for her) were depicted differently in the two films. Garland's depiction of the play showed this scene somewhat more awkwardly than it was depicted in Losey's film, as well as Ibsen's original play. Garland's translation of the scene showed more chemistry between Dr. Rank (Ralph Richardson) and Nora Claire Bloom) than I believed Ibsen pointed out in his play. At times watching the scene, I found myself embarrassed for Dr. Rank because he was so forward. However, Losey's film followed more closely to the play in my opinion. Dr. Rank (Trevor Howard) told Nora (Jane Fonda) that he was in love with her somewhat subtly.

         Another difference that was quite evident to me was the ending scene between Nora and Torvald. After Torvald has found out about Nora's deception, Ibsen has Nora explain to Torvald reasoning for her previous actions, and why she must leave him and the children. However, in Losey's film Nora left Torvald (David Warner) and the children very shortly after him yelling at her, and then after he started to console her. I believe Garland's film followed the play more closely during this particular scene. After Torvald threw his temper, and then tried to tell her everything was going to be fine, Nora sat down and had a conversation with him. This scene was more boring and drawn out in this version of the film; however, I believe it made the reasoning behind Nora leaving more clear to the audience. I also believe this depiction of the scene explained why the film and play is titled, A Doll's House.

         In conclusion, Losey's and Garland's films depicted Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, very well. However, there were two main scenes--the one between Dr. Rank and Nora and the other between Torvald and Nora at the end--that were translated very differently.

Ashley Davis

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