Circus Fandango is a traveling workplace where everyone has to work together to make their living. A trade where occupational pride, commitment, but maybe also loneliness when getting old, like the clown Papa.
The good priest gets a mystery to solve on his way home by ship to Oslo. A crew member dies, with a final wish to help Makken, and deliver a gold watch to Lily. But Lily denies knowing the man, and is scared when she hears the name Makken.
A hand is pulling the emergency breaks on a train, and a young military recruit has his live all changed. Noone can answer a girl's question in court. What color are dreams? A gathering of destinies. Can anyone answer why things happen?
A harrowing and ironic story about the first big and well educated generation born after WW2, living without any major concerns between 1965 and 1975. We follow shrink and doctor Atle and his good theater working friend Eigil.
Thorvald runs a local bus route, with a 1923-model bus nicknamed 'Gamla', in the Norwegian country side. Thorvald himself always takes time to make numerous stops along his route, to help ... See full summary »
The movie takes place on Oslo's east side sometime during the twenties. It depicts the workers' environment by traditional elements like unemployment, strike, poverty, alcoholism, absent ... See full summary »
Wartime 1944. Oddmund stays at a remote cabin in the high mountains, about to lead 12 refugees out of the country. But he also awaits the most important person is his life, Ragnhild, which isn't coming.
The second of re-known Norwegian classic filmmaker Arne Schouen's movies, from 1952, three years after his debut breakthrough, Gategutter. It's his first of four war time movies. At the release in 1952 the critics where very positive, claiming that Schouen was what Norwegian film-industry needed. Though some means it was too lighthearted and entertaining, while telling a war history. Today this critic sounds silly, but remember this was only 7 years after a five yearlong run of Nazi occupation.
The film was picked for the main competition at the Cannes film festival, which also the 5 years later release Ni liv (Nine lives) which was quite recently voted the best Norwegian film ever. Schouen 17 films in a 20 year long run, all of them critically well received, and became one of Norways most known filmmakers.
The film tells the story about an American bomber airplane being shot down during the 2nd world war, and where the locals are then starting to hide the surviving wounded soldiers from the German occupants in the old local church tower. That's until a newcomer playing the church organ which turns out to be a snitch starts sneaking around and tells. We're following the struggle to get them transported over to neutral Sweden.
The film starts right off with the plane crashing in the Oslo fjord, and you're drawn immediately into the story, which is both exciting and action filled. It's not high budget movie, but well handed by Schouen. It comes out as a typical black and white movie, but more with a pre-war feel too it. It was a Greta box office hit at the cinemas in Norway, and was also released in a lot of other countries.
Henki Kolstad does a decent job as the main Norwegian character. He was the most popular actor in Norway in the fifties, And this might be the least appreciated of the lot. It's even from the year Kolstad directed his only movie, the comedy Det kunne vært deg (translated: It could have been you). The rest of the cast is known domestic actors at the time.
The film comes out as a tribute to Norwegian civilian heroism and resistance, and is told very realistically, as Schouen always tried to make his films. If you like this, see also Englandsfarere By Toralf Sandø from 1946, which is based upon some of the same themes, and is a bit more exciting.
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