Samuel CruzProfessor Theresa RooneyENG 1264 December 2017 ADoll’s House on the Big Screen Manystories have been taken from print and presented on a big screen with actors toshow a more cinematic approach for the audience to enjoy. Some of these storieshave been recreated exactly like their text version but, this is not the casewith A Doll’s House. The play itself is a better rendition of this storycompared to the film.
The film made a couple of changes to the order of thestory which sets it out of tune compared to the play. In the film Krogstad isgiven a more humane look compared to the play, which is why in the movie he isdepicted better. In thefirst scene of the movie, you can see Krogstad talking with Christine, alsoknown as Mrs. Linde, about their relationship. He desperately wanted Mrs. Lindeto marry him but faces the harsh reality of knowing Mrs. Linde is marryingsomeone with more money than him.
This scene took place years before the restof the movie because Nora had not married Torvald yet and her father had notpassed away. This is a major difference compared to the play because the firsttime Krogstad and Mrs. Linde interact, it is an entirely different scenario.They barely meet each other because Mrs. Linde turned away from him. Although,at the beginning of the play they alluded to a possible link between the twocharacters, the readers would not know how Krogstad was hurt and would believethat Krogstad was just a purely evil character. Based off this scene alone youcan pity him since his heartbreak is truly sad. In the play though this sceneis more optimistic.
Mrs. Linde and Krogstad talk about the possibility of herbeing the mother to his children and he is actually ecstatic during theconversation. This exact part is also captured towards the end of the movie, sothe audience got to see how the relationship temporarily ended and how itblossomed once again. Krogstadhas another scene early in the story, when he first encounters the Helmers.This scene happens in the movie and is not in the play itself.
Krogstad looksoutside of his cubicle and talks to his co-worker about the rumor of Torvaldbeing their new “master.” His co-worker, Alson, mentions the little “incident”that Krogstad encountered that halted his career as a lawyer. This is the firsttime that the incident is mentioned in the movie and gives the audience an ideaof how badly Krogstad’s incident hindered him in the public’s eye. Knowing thisinformation also lets the audience know why he wanted to keep his bank positionso much that he was willing to blackmail Nora. If the play had added this thenthe readers would also know why Krogstad kept going on about his reputation.There was another scene in the film as well that was not in the play, a scenewhere Krogstad is with his children. Again here is a scene where Krogstad looksmore humane and not like an evil being only after his own self interest.Knowing that Krogstad spends time with his kids shows that he has a heart andcould alter people’s idea of him just like the first scene of the movie, whereit seemed like he was completely heartbroken.
This allows for a betterconnection with the character, why is why the movie is better with depictingKrogstad. Anotherimportant scene from the play was when Krogstad pressed Nora and threatened herwith blackmail. This scene was very similar between the play and the moviebecause Krogstad was very intimidating and meticulous with his way of bringingup his case. In the movie, Krogstad and Nora immediately went at each otherwhich was quite different to the play. In the play Nora had to shoo away herkids and send them with their nurse before she spoke with Krogstad. It alsotook several lines before Krogstad had dropped the bombshell on her. In themovie, Krogstad goes on the offensive almost immediately.
There is a briefintermission because the kids walk back in to see Nora talking with Krogstad,which does not happen in the play because the kids would have gone with thenurse beforehand. They go and play hide and seek and several scenes later Noraand Krogstad reappear. This scene is quite different to how the play goesbecause they are in an isolated area outdoors. The play does not split the twoscenes apart unlike the movie, it all happens inside the household. With thisscene, the play is more compelling because it is longer and does not getinterrupted.
The readers can fully indulge into the full conversation whereasthe viewers of the film had to go through two other scenes to finally get thelast portion of the discussion Krogstad had with Nora. The more compellingversion though is the movie because of how aggressive Krogstad’s tone is. Hewas not going to allow Nora to back off easily from the conversation from thejump. Overall,Krogstad was more compelling in the movie because the viewers got to see howhis character became the way he was.
Also because Krogstad did not look as evilas he was in the play. The movie version did have its flaws though in general,a lot of the plot was scattered and scenes were moved around too much. The playkept its order and flowed a lot better because of it’s organization. The twoscenes that did not appear in the play could have made it even stronger becauseit would have given the opportunity of connecting with Krogstad.