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A Doll's House (1973)

A Doll's House





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This Joseph Losey-directed 1973 version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House marks one of two cinematizations of the story released during the same year. Here, Jane Fonda plays Nora Helmer, the mousy Norwegian wife who eventually turns on her insensitive husband Torvald (David Warner). At the time of its release, A Doll's House was castigated for allowing Ms. Fonda to espouse her "feminist dogma" in the role. In truth, what Losey and Fonda give us is not the traditional mindless "hothouse rose" who finally comes to her senses in Act Three, but instead a woman who knows she is trapped in a stereotype, but is willing to play along as long as her husband loves and trusts her. Only when Torvald proves to be a thick-headed jerk by condescendingly forgiving his wife for entering into a potentially scandalous but household-saving financial arrangement, does Nora reject his values and slam the door on him. Trevor Howard plays the slimy Dr. Rank, who assumes that his monetary hold over Nora grants him certain intimate privileges. A Doll's House was exquisitely photographed on location in Norway by Gerry Fisher. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Mercer
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On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
Tomorrow Entertainment

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Jane Fonda
as Nora Helmer
David Warner
as Torvald Helmer
Trevor Howard
as Dr. Rank
Delphine Seyrig
as Kristine Linde
Edward Fox
as Krogstad
Anna Wing
as Anne-Marie
Ingrid Natrud
as Dr. Rank's Maid
Freda Krogh
as Helmer's Maid
Ellen Holm
as Krogstad's Daughter
Dagfinn Hertzberg
as Krogstad's Son
Claire Bloom
as Nora Helmer
Anthony Hopkins
as Torvald Helmer
Denholm Elliott
as Nils Krogstad
Anna Massey
as Kristine Linde
Edith Evans
as Anne-Marie
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Critic Reviews for A Doll's House

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The photography is superb (the Norwegian setting makes little difference to either play), and Losey's direction is marred only by an occasional over-insistence in the editing.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
The Spectator

Audience Reviews for A Doll's House

What a waste of time & the ending ? huh...

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


A wonderful screen adaptation of Henrick Ibsen's play -starring Anthony Hopkins and Claire Bloom.(1973). The rigidity and oppression of Victorian era marriage is superbly demonstrated by the relationship between Torvald and Nora. When a crisis occurs, it sets in motion a chain of events that must culminate in the dissolution of the relationship,as well as the destruction of the roles,illusions and delusions that kept them together for several years.

Although Bloom is quite successful in the role-I could'nt help but be bothered by her "looking" too old for the role of the child-like Nora.maybe she was cast for just that reason??? A masterpiece in human relations-great dialogue and Hopkins is,as usual stellar.

Audrey Lush

Super Reviewer

This is some good acting right here. Claire Bloom is absolutely splendid as Nora, and Anthony Hopkins creates a brilliant contrasting character. The dialogue of Ibsen's play allows them to explore these characters deeply and honestly. Simply a superb version of the classic play, and definitely one to see.

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