Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck

  • by Henrik Ibsen, Stephen Mulrine
  • Narrated by Janet Fullerlove, Sean Connelly, Denny Hodge, Laurence Saunders, Jane Lerwill
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

The idealistic son of a wealthy businessman seeks to expose his father's duplicity and to free his childhood friend from the lies on which his happy home life is based. When skeletons are brought out of the closet, the foundations of the Ekdal family are torn apart - with drastic consequences.


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True tragedy

Not a bad story over all. Found the main characters quite whiney. Only the wife had any real depth.
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- Jackson

1884: Herring salad and tragedy in Denmark

"The Wild Duck" centers on the Ekdahl and Werle families.

The patriarch of the former, called "Old Ekdahl," has fallen from grace due to his previous imprisonment for a crime he may not have committed. He does copying for Håkon Werle, but isn't quite all there: at home he wears his uniform and shoots rabbits he keeps in the attic.

Hjalmar Ekdahl, his son, is a photographer. He is married to Gina, a former servant in the household of Håkon Werle. They have a teenage daughter, Hedwig, who is going blind.

Håkon Werle's son Gregers has just returned from exile, and is enraged to find Gina married to Hjalmar. Gregers' mother died believing her husband had an affair with Gina, and he suspects Hjalmar doesn't know. Gregers rents a room from the Ekdahls with a single purpose: "I intend to open his eyes."

Hjalmar Ekdahl is a dreamer who does not allow anyone to discuss "unpleasant matters" (like reality) with him. He tells everyone he's working on a magnificent invention; this apparently requires hours of solitude, quiet, and lying on sofas. Sadly for his wife and daughter, "within his own little circle he's always been mistaken for a shining light."

The tangled interactions between these characters (and a few more) culminate in the heart-breaking events of the last scene.

Overall, "The Wild Duck" is a well-acted and produced masterwork of psychological realism.

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- Die Falknerin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2011
  • Publisher: Fantom Films