Wednesday, 11 August 2010

A Dream of Norway (1960)

Director/Cameraman: Ronald Craigen
Editor: Ian Woolf
Musical Director: John Hollingsworth (conducting Edvard Grieg's Variations on an old Norwegian Romance
Commentary: Paul Le Saux
Distributor: New Realm

Review in Monthly Film Bulletin - October 1961
As the 'Leda' carries Norwegian holiday-makers from Newcastle to Bergen, the camera reaches forward to the scenery of Western Norway - fjord and mountain road, glacier and waterfall - and back to the ship as it finishes its journey.
A brief but enterprising travelogue, 'Dream of Norway' is evocative rather than informative, assembling some fine shots of Norwegian scenery against a background of Grieg Variations. The commentary, however, is rather self-consciously poetic, with its "mirth-making maidens" and "forests dabbling their roots"; the often precise and imaginative description is marred by such whimsies.

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