Daily News from New York, New York on November 5, 1970 · 84
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Daily News from New York, New York · 84

New York, New York
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Thursday, November 5, 1970
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MOVIES Flat Note Hit By 'Song of ''' Norway' Film By KATHLEEN CARROLL l x-vtvru row ji f r frz Edvard Grieg may well have had his struggles as a young composer but ne woula have had to sit through the movie based on his life to know real depres ion. " For "The Song, of Norway," at the Cinerama, is one big sour note. What has been done to the once charming operetta (it was first performed on Broadway in 1944) is almost too terrible to describe and it is particularly in furiating to those of us who still believe in the preservation of movie musicals. POOR GRIEG HIMSELF has been turned into a weak-chmed, effeminate whiner (at least, that's the way Norwegian actor, Toralv Maurstad plays him) who, when told his music is trash, wimpers: "I need fresh air." Maurstad can't eyen carry a tune. His rendition of "Strange Music" is simply a pain in the ear. Frank Poretta (as a fellow composer) has more of a voice but his numbers are so clumsily stagea they are ludicrous. FOR INSTANCE, he bursts Into the title song over a glass of Deer; ana tne cinerama cameras, for no reason, suddenly whisk us away on a tour ot Norway. By this time we have already been "The Song of Norway," a Cinerama Releasing Corporation release in Super Panavi-sion and DeLuxe Color. An Andrew and Virginia Stone production directed and written by Andrew Stone based on the play by Home Curran and the book by Milton Lazarus. Presented at the Cinerama Theater. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including intermission. MPAA rating: G (All admitted for general audiences). THE CAST: Toralv Maurstad Edvard Greta Nina drain tti.. 1 1 r Therese Berg Christina Schollin Rikard Nordraak Frank Porretta Biornsterne Biornson Harry Seconbe Berg , Robert Moriev Ensstrand" Edward G Robinson Oscar Homolka saturated with romantic views of fiords, waterfalls and fields of flowers. Florence Henderson can sin?. Her problem, as the struggling wife of the struggling composer, is tnat she can't speak. Not that anyone can blame her for stam-. mering over the inane dialogue me up synchronization is so sloppy, that, at one point, she onens the door and a voice, that distinctly isn't hers, says "hello." THE OTHER WOMAN In Griee's life is a heftrlsfrrnio- irirl from Sweden whose father (it's getting so Robert Morley will raise his eyebrows at any role) made a fortune in bottled punch. Christina Schollin manages to be nice about her silly part even when the cameras are treating her unkindly. Andrew and Virgina Stone, the creators of this scaled-down version of "The Sound of Music," have drained the life out of their film. Even the music sounds stale. The production numbers are strictly antique. The choreography is deadly stiff. The whole thing is a tacky museum piece, as irozen as one of those ice bound Norwegian, fjords. The 'Bombay Opening "Bombay Talkie," a film by ismail Merchant and James Ivory, starring Shashi Kapoor, has its premiere Nov. 18 at the Little Carnegie Theater. The story con cerns an Indian movie star, a neurotic woman novelist and a Poet who become emotinnallv in volved against the background of J y, mil i ciip nAT?An I ".y C r : 1 I 1 I 1ST. QUALITY CnirnM Miiei iu 1 I 1 y? LATEST PRINTS fX J Ivpfe lvm'J LIMITED L . 111111 ' ' I!" WJ . W- QUANTITIES WW? SPONGE TYPE WiNTERWE.CT I Ml "H's I V-5cy DISH I BOYSHIDWATS L S II funnel I M nnp lrX 0HTEE g I PWflMAS I I6CUHCE JJS r HTS- H ill i sizes a-b-c-d I LUSTRA-WARE 1 1 scraper m4 sizes a P I HANDLE : j 1 OVEN 4flt B WYOH PILE LIMED J .enamel C ' I . FAEMS-ROYS H "BFfifiQFJ" . -U' GARDEN y-WlliW -.J . . r-tWS . CLEAN-UP ALSO LADIES & MISSES f I' D AFfVfCTC IL I UJpx TRASH - - ' AUTOGRAPH j lgtW - :.u 3 STUFFED 1 1 IlPfe ! -.:- j7 H . i8 in black and s 5 "4.1 I a nWGLASS y1 vL -TEW,TH 2 lbTbox t.c. .Lis3! measuring 1 11 yfV I? M f ui2'-i;pitciieii lJL jiUU- nt31LWM tiff f . 32 0Z. SIZE MJC 'U' i ''.rMwi o l H M M i l i .KITCHEN FRESH Vf f fl " pWWjWWI,,.,,.!!,,, LI JIM .WIIlijKW.,.,, LUl Uly.LHj..y.Witf-.il J me uombay film world. -.. . ft MMiiBlMJfflBgB

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