A Doll's House details
|Formats:||PG DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Trevor Howard, Jane Fonda, Delphine Seyrig, David Warner|
A Doll's House
|1hr 44 mins||PG|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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At LastBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 05 Mar 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]In 1973, two versions of 'A Doll's House' were released simultaneously. The first, with Claire Bloom as Nora, did the rounds, but this version with Jane Fonda seemed to vanish. It's difficult to see why, since this is a very good version of the play, filmed in Norway, opened out sufficiently to make it cinematically interesting, but not enough to destroy its theatrical provenance. It may have been thought that the casting of Jane Fonda was populist, even though her feminist credentials were well established by then, the declining yearsof the Nixon presidency, and that she was rather lightweight compared to Bloom. I think that she does lack some gravitas in the crucial closing scene, but otherwise does a very good job playing against Delphine Seyrig, Edward Fox and Trevor Howard, and a standout performance by David Warner as poor old Torvald.whose cosy assumptions are so brutally shattered by Nora's awakening. It is, of course, a wonderful play, still gripping a hundred years after it's first appearance and thirty years after its rediscovery by feminists. Well worth seeing.
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A doll's houseBy daisymaisy (51 reviews) from Tonbridge , 20 Nov 2009I think this is a superb play by Ibsen. I have read the play, seen it at the theatre, and listened to the radio 4 dramatisation of it. All worked, but this film dramatisation sadly did nothing for me.
Maybe it just doesn't translate to the t.v., but I felt Jane Fonda is too assertive as a fliprtygibbert plaything like Nora. She would be better cast as Sylvia Pankhurst, because she's a gutsy character. Infact, none of the characters were very convincing in their roles for my liking.
I watched it to the end, but I didn't warm to it any more than i did at the start.
Never mind. You win some and you lose some.
Bird in gilded cage escapes!By a customer from London , 20 Jul 2009It was good to see Ibsen's play translated into film language without losing any of the impact of the play. Although filmed in Norway, with snowy outside shots, the claustrophobia of the stage was maintained in the indoor scenes. An early shot across the bows in the cause of feminism, Jane Fonda is a suitable heroine, deeply flawed. But her faults are the result of her overbearing husband, whom she deceives financially - no suggestion of sexual infidelity - and of course events catch up with her. It is difficult to feel sympathy for her foolishness, but in the end she proves she has a will of her own, which she exercises to her cost, although one hopes she lives happily ever after, poor but honest.
Ibsen by Losey: a winning combinationBy a customer from Lewes , 15 Apr 2009By far the best screen version of Ibsen's famous play, this was shot entirely on location in Norway, beautifully shot by Gerry Fisher, splendidly designed and with excellent pertformances from a stellar cast. Jane Fonda, in particular, is a much better Nora than Claire Bloom in the Patrick Garland version, and there is an equally good performance from David Warner as her husband, Torvald, with excellent support from Trevor Howard as Dr Rank and Edward Fox as Krogstad. David Mercer has replaced Ibsen's careful exposition with a questionable prologue, but apart from that the adaptation is extremely skilful, while opening up the action to take advantage of the very attractive locations.
Joseph Losey has done marvels with what was a limited budget and proved once again what a consummate and stylish director he was.
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DisappointingBy a customer from Exeter , 04 Jan 2009David Warner as badly cast in this film as Torvald. He made the character boring. Having seen Trevor Eve's brilliant, charismatic Torvald David Warner looked as if he was sleep walking. Jane Fonda is good but overall this is a flat account of what can be a riveting story.
A dolly's houseBy a customer from Isle of Harris , 11 Dec 2008Nicely filmed in Sweden, with lots of wooden houses and snow to give the right atmosphere. The male actors do well, but Jane Fonda is ... well .. herself, and sadly unconvincing, making the play seem more dated than it really needs to. A good evening's entertainment, though.