Song of Norway


2h 22m 1970

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 4 Nov 1970
Production Company
ABC Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Cinerama Releasing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical Song of Norway by Milton Lazarus, Robert Wright and George Forrest (New York, 21 Aug 1944) and the play of the same name by Homer Curran (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 22m
Sound
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.20 : 1

Synopsis

A concert by composer Edvard Grieg is arranged by the wealthy Therese Berg. Therese's father, however, opposes her infatuation and exacts a promise that she will not see the musician again. His recital a success, Grieg travels to Copenhagen, where he marries his cousin Nina and is influenced by the works of Rikard Nordraak. News of the death of Therese's father reaches Grieg on his wedding day. The couple moves to Kristiania, where the composer hopes to be appointed conductor at the national theater. His disappointment at the loss of this appointment is intensified by the failure of a concert series secretly sponsored by Therese. Winning a stipend for foreign travel, Grieg moves to Rome. There he meets Franz Liszt and collaborates with Henrik Ibsen on Peer Gynt. Learning of Nordraak's death, Grieg returns to Kristiania and Nina. Songs : "Opening Piano Concerto--'The Life of a Wife of a Sailor'" (Orchestra & Chorus), "Freddie & His Fiddle" (Children & Chorus), "Strange Music" (Grieg), "The Song of Norway" (Nordraak), "A Rhyme & a Reason" (Nina), "The Little House" (Nordraak), "Hill of Dreams" (Nina, Nordraak & Grieg), "I Love You" (Nina), "Hymn of Betrothal" (Chorus), "Be a Boy Again" (Nordraak), "Midsummer's Eve, Hand in Hand" (Chorus), "Three There Were" (Nordraak), "The Solitary Wanderer" (Nina), "A Welcome Toast" (Bjørnson), "Wrong To Dream" (Nina), "Solvejg's Song--Norwegian National Anthem" (Chorus), "Grieg's Piano Concerto" (Orchestra), "At Christmas Time," "John Heggerstrom," "When We Wed," "Ribbons and Wrappings."

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 4 Nov 1970
Production Company
ABC Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Cinerama Releasing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical Song of Norway by Milton Lazarus, Robert Wright and George Forrest (New York, 21 Aug 1944) and the play of the same name by Homer Curran (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 22m
Sound
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.20 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Norway. Onscreen credits thank the following museums for their cooperation: Old Town (Aarhus, Norway), Funen Village (Odense, Denmark), Old Bergen (Bergen, Norway), De Sandvigske Semlinger (Lillehammer, Norway), Transporation Museum (Hammer, Norway) and Folk Museum (Oslo, Norway).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States 1970