One of the most memorable and emotionally-resonant such stories is “Miniature,” a fourth season Twilight Zone episode about a timid man named Charley (Robert Duvall), who becomes intrigued by the lives he sees unfolding inside a museum’s dollhouse. Lonely and isolated, Charley begins to identify with the beautiful female “doll” he sees in danger inside the house, and finally escapes the real world to be with her and protect her.
The grandpa moves the dolls around the dollhouse and shows his mute granddaughter (Jodie Foster) how to do the same. Before long, murder and arson result from his efforts.
The dollhouse itself is the central facility in L.A., a place of apparent leisure and recreation and welcoming browns and reds and wood surfaces…but really a gilded cage. In keeping with the dollhouse motif, the “attic” of this facility is a place of horrors, where troublesome dolls are stored away.