You Call That a Movie?

        I am glad that I had read the book A Doll's House, written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, before I watched the movie A Doll's House, directed by Joseph Losey in 1973. I guess my imagination is much more active while reading a book because I can make the book more lifelike and what I want it to be in my head; however, when it comes to watching a movie I can change nothing about what I see on the screen before me.

        As I was reading the book A Doll's House, I had a picture in my mind about this grand house that Tovald and Nora were living in, and how the children were always lavished with love. Although the children were loved, Nora and Torvald's relationship was quite the opposite. Of course they were married, but the marriage was a game to Torvald. Nora was a child and something else that he had to look after. The dialogue in the book was great. I was able to pick up on the fact that the two were not truly in love, and I was able to feel how she was trapped under Torvald's wing. The story was built on the dialogue in the play. The tension from story was evident in the words spoken by the characters in the novel. I could feel Torvald's disgust for Nora's actions and vice versa when Nora was yearning for independence.

        In the movie A Doll's House the only thing that I can truly remember is the snow and even at that is how bland the snow looks. I could not get over how poorly the movie was filmed. The choices for the scene locations were atrocious. The scene did not do anything for the actors, which, in the long run, really made their performances seem worse than they actually were. The actors themselves were truly bland. I felt no passion in their work at all. The only time that I was actually interested in the movie was when Torvald (David Warner) had found out what Nora (Jane Fonda) had done, and he knew that his job and her integrity were at stake. But to my disdain his reaction to this horrible finding was bland and uneventful.

        I was quite excited for the movie to be shown in class because I really enjoyed the play A Doll's House. Sadly, I was quite let down by the movie that was lacking in meaningfulness. I felt as though the actors were merely reading the script to finish the movie rather than making the story come to life for the audience.

Brittany Hall