A Doll's House (I) (1973)

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Nora Helmer (Claire Bloom) had years earlier committed a forgery, in order to save the life of her authoritarian husband Torvald (Sir Anthony Hopkins). Now she is being blackmailed, and ... See full summary »


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24 April 2014 | kylet22
| A Dolls House
A Doll's House/***(G) Movie Review May 4th, 1973 With the voices of: Nora Helmer: Claire Bloom Torvald Helmer: Anthony Hopkins Dr.Rank: Ralph Richardson Krogstad: Denholm Elliott Kristine Linde: Anna Massey Anne-Marie: Edith Evans

By Kyle Thompson Film Critic

A Doll's House, a play taking place in the household of Torvald Helmer, Nora Helmer, and their three kids, is set during Christmas time in 1879. Being set in the late 1800's, it is a time in which men were dominant over women, and it was socially acceptable for them to be.

As the play starts with a happy, cheerful family, it soon takes a turn for the worst. I believe that it is difficult for people in our era today to understand how things were in that time, and that adds to the opinion I have on the play. I think it is a well filmed, and well thought out play, but I do believe that there are scenes in which the characters act a bit too dramatic for what would actually in those situations.

The play begins to unfold when Nora is called out on forging her rich father's signature in order to receive a loan to pay for her sick husband's trip to Europe in order to recover. The man who wants to bring Nora down, wants his job back at the bank, (Torvald is the higher up at the bank) and wants Torvald to give him his job back, and then some. Nora admits to the forgery, and tries to persuade her husband to give Krogstad his job back. Torvald does not take the bait, and this leads Krogstad to blackmail Nora about the forgery, which is a criminal act she has committed. The play then gets very dramatic when Torvald finds out the motives of his wife, and the climax of the play takes place.

The music, clothing, and speech of the characters is all fit to how they dressed and spoke in the 1800's, which adds a human element to the play. I thought the characters filled their roles well, and engulfed themselves within the play to become the character that they truly were. The camera angles are very good for when the play took place, but the lighting sort of fits to the mood of the play, which is somber and argumentative. Overall, A Doll's House is a very dramatic film that depicts the ideals of marriage in the 1800's in a very realistic way.

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