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Passing Parade

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
8 June 2010

Giant of Norway, The (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series takes a look at the life and career of Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen who would become famous for helping save the lives of thousands of refugees. The documentary tells how Nansen always wanted to see the Arctic but each time he went to go something would happen and he'd rush off to do his real job of saving other people. This isn't the best film I've seen in the series but it does tell an interesting story to say the least. I had never heard of this movie, which is often the case with entries in the series, so that's one reason these works so well today as they offer you bits of history you might not be familiar with. The biggest problem here is that the film is sugar coated way too much and it pushes way to hard to show us what a great man Nansen was. It's obvious what he did yet the film just keeps pushing and pushing for more dramatics. A lot of this could be due to what shape the country was in as WWII was looming.

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