Retrospective, Norway 1973, 102 Min., norw. OV
On June 17, 1973, more than 30,000 young Norwegians gathered at the base of the Holmenkollen ski jump to celebrate their own “Woodstock of the north”. Announced by a mythical figure suited to the Ragnarök legend (“give me an R, give me an A, give me a G …”), Norwegian folk and rock bands, accompanied by folk dancing, filled the morning hours, while later on into the evening, groups from all over Scandinavia and England did their thing. Pros like Mungo Jerry and The Pretty Things rocked the crowds, while the Danes and fabulous singer Annisette Koppel brought the blues to Oslo. The event was mounted by the commercial production house Centralfilm AS, which deployed seven camera teams (including aerials) to film the whole thing. The 13,000-watt strong sound system, which would play a leading role in the first Norwegian stereo film, was brought in from London. But the real stars of “Ragnarock” are the festival visitors, an audience whose carefree hippie demeanour veritably shouts peace, love, and happiness.
Director Arne Philip Fraas
Producer Knut-Jørgen Erichsen
Festival Contact National Library of Norway, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, 0203 Oslo, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.nb.no
Cast Aunt Mary, Popol Vuh, Skin Alley, Mungo Jerry, Pretty Things, Hvalsøespillemendene, Burken och Rockfolket, Prudence, Saft, Savage Rose, Splash, Culpeper's Orchard, Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa, Merit Hemmingson
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