THE HENRIK IBSEN COLLECTION (6-DVD Box Set)

I’m reading Stella Adler’s book on classical playwrights and realized that I really wasn’t that familiar with Henrik Ibsen’s work. In college we read Enemy of the People and Hedda Gabler, but that is the extent of my knowledge. When I saw this BBC box set of Ibsen plays, I bought it. Ingrid Bergman and Michael Redgrave bring Hedda Gabler alive, Judi Dench and Michael Gambon are great in Ghosts, Anthony Hopkins and Diana Rigg scintillate in Little Eyolf, Denholm Elliot is brilliant in The Wild Duck, Sir Donald Wolfitt and Leo McKern are extraordinary in The Master Builder. DVD EXTRAS include eight radio plays of The Pretenders, Peer Gynt, Emperor and Galilean, The Pillars of Society, Rosmersholm, A Meeting in Rome, John Gabriel Borkman, and When We Dead Awaken. This is a fabulous set! GRADE: A

18 thoughts on “THE HENRIK IBSEN COLLECTION (6-DVD Box Set)

  1. Todd Mason

    Sounds impressive…but no A DOLL HOUSE (usually mistranslated as A DOLL’S HOUSE)? I’m always game for radio-drama “extras” (such as on the Criterion THE KILLERS set…the early amateur silent version is also a plus, atop the tv version that was Too Violent as when Raygun is roughing up Angie Dickinson’s character). I shall have to look into this one…thanks!

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    1. george Post author

      Todd, I was surprised that A DOLL HOUSE was not included in this collection, too. But, there are plenty of performances on DVD so maybe that’s why the producers opted for more obscure Ibsen plays.

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  2. Jeff Meyerson

    Nice collection, though I’m not a big Ibsen fan. We have seen A DOLL’S HOUSE in the early 1970′s with Claire Bloom. Also saw HEDDA in London, I believe.

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    1. george Post author

      I’m not a big Ibsen fan, either, Jeff. But I want to understand what Stella Adler is saying about Ibsen in her book so I felt the need to familiarize myself with his plays.

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  3. Beth Fedyn

    I studied quite a bit of Ibsen’s work in a drama course I took. Interesting but not something I’d turn to for a pick-me-up. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to revisit his work.

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    1. george Post author

      There’s no doubt Ibsen’s work is dark, Beth. But I want to grasp what Stella Adler has to say about Ibsen and his work so I figured watching these well-done productions would do the trick.

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  4. Patti Abbott

    I’ve seen A DOLL HOUSE, HEDDA GABLER, THE MASTER BUILDER but have never read the plays. Not a big Ibsen fan either. Always impressed with your book choices, George.

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    1. george Post author

      I think you’ll like what I have to say about Stella Adler’s book on classic playwrights, Patti. That’s coming up in a week or two.

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  5. Jeff Meyerson

    But then again, compared to Strindberg he is not that heavy. We saw THE DANCE OF DEATH with Robert Shaw and Zoe Caldwell in 1974. Wow – that was intense.

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  6. Cap'n Bob

    I did a scene from Enemy of the People for drama class in college. Casting against type, I played the mean brother.

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  7. Richard R.

    I have read some, in college and frankly that was enough. However, seeing Sir Donald Wolfitt and Leo McKern together in The Master Builder might be worth the price of the set.

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  8. Yvette

    HEDDA GABLER is one of my very favorite plays. I saw it on pbs years ago with Glenda Jackson who was spectacular. I admit though, except for A DOLL’S HOUSE, I’m not all that familiar with Ibsen. Except that I know his plays are not full of hilarity. :)

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    1. george Post author

      Yvette, I envy your seeing Glenda Jackson as HEDDA GABLER! Glenda Jackson is one of my very favorite actresses. You would also appreciate A DOLL’S HOUSE which is a very powerful play.

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