Director/Cameraman: Ronald Craigen
Editor: Ian Woolf
Musical Director: John Hollingsworth (conducting Edvard Grieg's Variations on an old Norwegian Romance
Commentary: Paul Le Saux
Distributor: New Realm
England is eighteen hours behind you and the Leda is in sight of Bergen. Your shipboard reverie is about to become reality. The fjords, glaciers and waterfalls, with the lovely melodies of Edward Grieg to reflect the changing moods of western Norway.
Produced in association with the Bergen Steamship Company.
16mm & 35mm
Review in Monthly Film Bulletin - October 1961 (spotted by Robin Carmody)
As the 'Leda' carries Norwegian holiday-makers from Newcastle to Bergen, the camera reaches forward to the scenery of Western Norway - fjord and mountain road, glacier and waterfall - and back to the ship as it finishes its journey.
A brief but enterprising travelogue, 'Dream of Norway' is evocative rather than informative, assembling some fine shots of Norwegian scenery against a background of Grieg Variations. The commentary, however, is rather self-consciously poetic, with its "mirth-making maidens" and "forests dabbling their roots"; the often precise and imaginative description is marred by such whimsies.
This film won an Award of Merit at the 31st World Travel Congress Travel Film Festival, Cannes, France.
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