Nora Trapped by a Garland

        Patrick Garland's 1973 adaptation of A Doll's House followed the play written in 1879 by Henrik Ibsen very well. I think that this version of the film was a fine adaptation of the play because it made the audience feel that Nora (Claire Bloom) was trapped in a doll's house, and followed the play better that the other version we watched.

        I think that this film did a good job of making the name of the film have a meaning. When I was watching this, I felt that the apartment that Nora and Torvald (Anthony Hopkins) lived in was like a doll's house. The film really made Nora seem like she was Torvalds's little doll that he could just do with what he wanted. He gave her money when he wanted to, and at one point he even slung her around like a little rag doll. Nora also performed actions like her squirrel face that any normal person would not do. Torvald even told her what she could and could not do. It seemed that he made all the decisions for her, just as one would do when playing with a doll.

        I also think this movie was well done because the set designs gave off the effect that Nora was trapped in a doll's house. There were very few outside shots done in this film. This gave off the appearance that she was trapped. The apartment in which they lived seemed very small and cramped in my opinion. The ceilings were also appeared to be low in some of the rooms. I also noticed that Arthur Ibbetson, the cinematographer, did not use many different camera angles in most of the scenes. To me, this got really boring at times; but I think it helped to accent the dollhouse feeling.

        I think that this movie was very well done in the sense that it represented the original play very well by making Nora seem like she was a doll trapped in a doll's house. It really gave off the same mood that I felt was portrayed in the original script.

Jamison Carner

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