And the Raspberry Goes to . . .

         If I had to choose a film to give the raspberry award to, I would choose Joseph Losey's 1973 film version of A Doll's House, starring Jane Fonda and David Warner. This is quite possibly one of the worst films I have had to endure. I think this film does not capture the essence of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play. One of the main reasons I hate this film is the cast.

         I do not think the director could have picked a more horrible cast. Ibsen would have rolled over in his grave if he knew of this film. Jane Fonda, who portrays Nora, never becomes the character; and, in watching her on screen, I feel she is never believable and seems unnatural. Ibsen's Nora is interesting, but Fonda makes this character boring.

         David Warner fares no better, and his Torvald is horrible. Ibsen portrays Torvald as a loving, adoring husband, although he treats his wife like a doll. In this film, the audience sees no adoration toward Nora; and Torvald is always uptight and unemotional. This cast is lacking in feeling, emotion, and there is no chemistry between any of them.

         I also think the director does a bad job with the cinematography. I think the scenery is boring and unrealistic. The only good part of the scenery is during the scene when the children are sledding on the hill. The costumes are also horrible, and I cannot understand the weird Scandinavian clothes and Italian costumes Nora wears during the film. The music and the sound effects are also bad. Many times while watching the film, I did not understand the director's choice of music.

         The most annoying thing about the film is the ending. In the play, the ending is exciting, climactic, and leaves the reader with a sense of pride that Nora leaves Torvald. In Losey's film version, the ending is boring and unrealistic. It is very difficult to see the excitement of Nora being independent and standing on her own two feet. Torvald also does not display emotion when Nora tells him she is leaving, and in the play it is easy to see his confusion and hurt.

Whitney Bradley

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