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A Doll's House (1973)

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 »

Director:

Patrick Garland

Writers:

Henrik Ibsen (play), Christopher Hampton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claire Bloom ... Nora Helmer
Anthony Hopkins ... Torvald Helmer
Ralph Richardson ... Dr. Rank (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Denholm Elliott ... Krogstad
Anna Massey ... Kristine Linde
Edith Evans ... Anne-Marie (as Dame Edith Evans)
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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 lives in fear of her husband finding out, and of the shame such a revelation would bring to his career. But, when the truth comes out, Nora is shocked to learn where she really stands in her husband's esteem. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Ibsen's classic tale of a woman trapped in a man's world See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1973 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa de muñecas See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,304
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of two major British movies based on Ibsen's play to be released in 1973. The other was directed by Joseph Losey, with Jane Fonda in the leading role. The movies were released in the U.K. within a very short time of each other. Both were box-office failures. See more »

Quotes

Torvald Helmer: Nora, you're dancing as if your life depended on it!
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Although the main title reads "Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'", the credits at the end state "Based on the play by Christopher Hampton". Hampton actually did not write the play; he only wrote the screenplay and the English translation. See more »

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excellent version, although perhaps a little static
18 December 2002 | by silentgmusicSee all my reviews

Yes, Clair Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, and Denholm Elliot are great, as is Sir Ralph Richardson as Dr. Rank. This first-rate acting, extended from Ibsen's wonderful realist play, is what holds our eyes on the screen. The play has been abridged for the movie, but having read the play, I wouldn't say I felt that I missed the deleted material.

The snow outside emphasizes how cold it gets inside, with Nora (Bloom) realizing that her fairy-tale marriage to Torvald (Hopkins) is a sham, that Torvald only wants his wife to be his little "squirrel" and not meddle in their family affairs. Nora will not take it anymore; she is an intelligent woman with influence, and cannot be confined to one house, one man, or one way of life. She becomes free, and Torvald is left wondering how he had ever been such a fool to think she would be with him forever.

Denholm Elliot drips with sleaze as Korgstad, Nora and Torvald's nemesis, and Richardson conveighs the appropriate frailty and senality as Dr. Rank.

One complaint: the film is static. There is almost no action set outside of the house (and the building) which, I suppose, gives us an effective claustrophobic feeling. The audience feels as trapped as Nora and Torvald do. But, film is a visual media, and this is essentially just a filmed play. The director does move his camera around a little, giving us close-ups, master-shots, composition of objects in the foreground/background, ect. But, the average viewer may fall asleep, just because the play is all talk. There is not much movement by the characters; there is nothing going on outside of their insulated lives. The movie does not open us up to the world outside of the Helmer household; it tells us that what matters is what is going on inside. Okay, I guess the static quality of the film works, but this is not a wholly cinematic film, it is more a play on film.

Maybe in the future, other directors will work to open up the play, and give us viewers other things to chew over besides the great acting and dialogue.


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