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Hedda (1975)

PG | | Drama | February 1977 (UK)
Henrik Ibsen's enduring drama about a Nordic femme fatale, a neurotic, controlling, strong-willed woman who is nonetheless alluring to the males in her town. She is a solitary woman in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Trevor Nunn (adaptation), Henrik Ibsen (play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Glenda Jackson ... Hedda Gabler
Peter Eyre ... Jørgen Tesman
Timothy West ... Judge Brack
Jennie Linden ... Thea Elvsted
Patrick Stewart ... Ejlert Løvborg
Constance Chapman ... Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julie)
Pam St. Clement ... Berthe
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Henrik Ibsen's enduring drama about a Nordic femme fatale, a neurotic, controlling, strong-willed woman who is nonetheless alluring to the males in her town. She is a solitary woman in a society held together by kinship and class. If she had had more brains she would have thought her way out of it. If she had had more courage she would have bolted long ago with Løvborg, the only true creative force in the vicinity whose manuscript she burns in the stove as if she were aborting their unconceived child. Written by alfiehitchie

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Glenda is Hedda

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hedda Gabler See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Adapted from the stage version produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, with largely the same cast. See more »

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: Hedda Gabler (1972) See more »

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DVD release needed badly - NOW :-)
19 August 2011 | by Zen-2-ZenSee all my reviews

Seriously, image quality of VHS is washed out, players stopped selling like 20 yrs ago and not a not a small part of the charm of this rendition of "Hedda Gabler" is in it's photography. Criterion release sounds like a good venue for achievement as important as this one. If whoever owns copyright absolutely refuses to make money :-) they should just do a single pass digital scan and release it as "archive" material as a cultural contribution to humanity.

Well thought out photography is actually part of the story telling rather than just a background and provides important atmospheric aspect that Ibsen would be proud of if he knew about cinema. That however is just the beginning since this is really Glenda Jackson's underrated masterpiece.

"Hedda Gabler" is a tough theatrical nut to crack and this rendition did just about everything right. Glenda Jackson and her director did theatrical production first with full scale Stanislavski process, and the result was much more consistent that any other film rendition of always elusive and still avant-garde play.

Jackson's Hedda is different enough from usual interpretations that spelling it out would be the actual spoiler. She doesn't try to elicit misplaced sympathy from the audience but gives you a naked Hedda with her cold hearted insanity out in the open. If you end up feeling sympathy for her you need an analyst :-) To that extent this rendition is not literary "naturalist" but operates on a slightly heightened ground that didn't exist as a concept at Ibsen's times but sits very well with his work.

While one wouldn't call this film the ultimate in "Hedda Gabler" (that would require the time and budget reserved for blockbusters) it provides very interesting angle and shows how many things can be done right with some careful thinking.


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