No time for chit-chat, kids. I’m finishing up a first draft of my Plato play and doing a lot of research on Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Part of my reading led me to Ibsen.net, which I must admit, compared to your current surroundings, is a better site about a better playwright.
One of the current front page articles is about a recent Norwegian film adaptation of Enemy, set in the present. The end of the article contains this quote:
On a worldwide basis An Enemy of the People has been filmed three times before. The first occasion was a German production from 1937. Then came an American production from 1977 with Steve McQueen….
Dude, Steve McQueen! More Ibsen plays should have Steve McQueen! Check it out:
- A Doll’s House: Nora leaves the house. Torvald gets into his 1968 Ford Mustang GT and gives pursuit!
- Hedda Gabler: Instead of a gun, Hedda Gabler offs herself by burning down her skyscraper apartment. Judge Brack must escape!
- Ghosts: Osvald escapes the devastating effects of syphilis—by riding his motorcycle into Switzerland!
Just as Ibsen originally intended!
PPS: Check out Dr. Stockmann on the poster for the current Norwegian version of Enemy. He looks like Jason Statham! I suppose if the deceased McQueen isn’t available for more Ibsen, we’ll have to make do with everyone’s favorite Eurotrash action hero in the part of John Rosmer. Diminishing returns….