Song Of Norway (1970)
Andrew L. Stone
Homer Curran (play)
Milton Lazarus (musical play)
Review by Wayne Malin
Dull dull dull
A horrible biography of composer Edvard Grieg’s early life. It was shot on location in Scandanavia. The scenery is just beautiful and the music is fantastic–even the songs (based on Grieg’s music) aren’t bad. The problem?
Everything else. The story is just non-stop clichés; the movie is way too long (2 1/2 hours); the dance numbers are badly staged and hysterically lousy and the acting…let’s put it this way…Florence Henderson gives the best performance! Grieg himself is played by Toralv Mausted. Ever hear of him? Didn’t think so. There’s a reason for this. Also there are over FORTY songs shoved into this movie. Like I said, they aren’t bad, but it gets to be a bit much after a while.
I’m giving this a 3 for the scenery and music but everything else is hopeless. Easily one of the worst musicals ever made. Too bad–the scenery is truly gorgeous.