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Publication year: 2007
Media class: DVD
Resource type: Physical
Originally transmitted: 14th June 1981.
Originally transmitted: 5th June 1981.
FOR RB USE ONLY.
The publication of Ghosts in 1881 caused an uproar and almost ruined Ibsen. It was banned across Europe and sales of his other plays plummeted. Its themes of moral degradation-out of wedlock children, veneral disease, incest, infidelity, and euthanasia-proved too shocking. The play remains shocking even for modern day audiences. Captain Alving was a respected man in his community, and on the tenth anniversary of his death, Mrs. Alving is preparing for the opening of an orphanage in his honour. This effort, however, is really an attempt by Mrs Alving to mask her hidden disgust with Captain Alving who in reality was a cheating, immoral philanderer who bequeathed a deadly legacy to his son Oswald.
Based on the novel by Robert C.S. Downs, this play is the story of two elderly men forced to share a room in a hospice while undergoing cancer treatment. One is retired university lecturer and the other an uneducated former salesman. In addition to sharing a room, they sharea strong mutual dislike of each other.
BBFC code: 12.
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