Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hedda (1975)

Henrik Ibsen's enduring drama about a Nordic femme fatale - a neurotic, controlling, strong-willed woman. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Actress: Glenda Jackson

Do you have a movie that you’re just dying to see, so much that you don’t even care if it’s good or not, you’re just so curious about it? Well, Hedda was that movie for me, for quite some time. I think Glenda Jackson is so cool and I was really interested in seeing her 4th Best Actress nominated performance. If you know Oscar stuff, then you know how difficult it is to find this movie.

The movie itself is not really interesting. I’m one of those people who don’t really see the massive appeal for Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and this adaptation is just a filming of the play; the entire action takes place in just one room, so it’s very stagey. Though not completely boring, the film is predictable and gives us little about the characters. This is hardly Glenda’s best performance, but she is definitely the best thing about Hedda. Her acting is fierce and brave, but doesn’t fully guide us towards really knowing who Hedda is or what she feels. It’s an incomplete performance, but even Glenda’s average is way above others’ best.

My rating for the film: 4.5/10. 1975 must be one of the weirdest / weakest Best Actress races. I really want to see Hester Street.


  1. Where did you find this film? It's very hard to find. Ticarpeneter did upload it, but his channel got deleted. I'll ask if he can reupload it on his new one though.

  2. I had downloaded it from his channel before it got deleted.

    unfortunately, I didn't get to do the same with Chapter Two :(

  3. He did say that he would reupload it though. I might do 1979 soon after the year I do next.