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Song of Norway (1970)

Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

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Cast

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Toralv Maurstad ...
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Therese Berg
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Bioernstjerne Bjoernson
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Berg
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Elizabeth Larner ...
Mrs. Bjoernson
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Engstrand
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Henrik Ibsen
Henry Gilbert ...
Franz Liszt
Richard Wordsworth ...
Hans Christian Andersen
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George Nordraak
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Mr. Hagerup
Wenche Foss ...
Mrs. Hagerup
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Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

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A song for the heart to sing...for the world to love!


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4 November 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção da Noruega  »

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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only film for opera singer Frank Porretta who plays the best friend, Rikard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in That Girl: My Sister's Keeper (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata for Violin and Piano
Music by Edvard Grieg
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Gorgeous Norwegian scenery in search of a plot...
3 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SONG OF NORWAY is an unbearably dull musical pastiche of clichés heard in every musical ever made that purported to be the saga of a composer's struggles to find recognition for his music. Edvard Grieg's struggles are so dull as to be non-stop in this awful compilation of Norwegian scenery by the truckload with no story to carry it.

It is notable that the man who plays Grieg, TORALV MAURSTAD, never did make another American film, so disastrous were the reviews and box-office for this dull saga. Note also that FLORENCE HENDERSON was not able to make another film in Hollywood but went directly to television and stayed there for a very successful run on "The Brady Bunch". See the film and you will judge yourself why it was an abject failure. And don't be fooled by the presence of OSKAR HOMOLKA, EDWARD G. ROBINSON and ROBERT MORLEY in the cast. They have little or nothing to do.

Music lovers may be enchanted by Grieg's works, but not the way they are presented here. Nor is there any resemblance between the zestful SOUND OF MUSIC and its picturesque way of dealing with the Von Trapp Singers and this dull as dishwater musical that would work better as a travelogue of Norway with the plot excised.

See it at your own risk.


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