Leif Juster was a Norwegian comedian and actor, arguably the most popular of his generation in Norway. Juster started out as a variety show performer, for a period he ran the theater Edderkoppen. Characterised by his unusually tall, lanky figure and squeeky voice, his signature act was the monologue "Mot normalt", he acted in several successful comedies on the big screen, notably Den forsvundne pølsemaker, En herre med bart and Fjols til fjells. He was the uncle of one of the late Rolf Just Nilsen. Leif Juster at Find a Grave Leif Juster on IMDb Biography
Helge Reiss was a Norwegian actor. He began his career in 1948 with a minor role in a low budget crime film, remained active until his death, he provided the Norwegian voice of main character Carl Fredricksen in the dubbed version of the movie Up months before his death. Reiss provided the voice for "Cogsworth" in Disney's 1991 animated film and the Beast. Despite playing in more than thirty films, he was known for his role as "Professor Drøvel" on the first season of the series Brødrene Dal and reprised his role in a small cameo in the fourth series, 27 years later. In years he played in the Norwegian soap opera, Hotel Cæsar, he died on 11 November 2009, aged 81, from undisclosed causes
Bergen Bjørgvin, is a city and municipality in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, the municipality's population was 280,216, the Bergen metropolitan region has about 420,000 inhabitants. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway; the municipality is on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city centre and northern neighbourhoods are on Byfjorden,'the city fjord', the city is surrounded by mountains. Many of the extra-municipal suburbs are on islands. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland, consists of eight boroughs: Arna, Fana, Laksevåg, Ytrebygda, Årstad, Åsane. Trading in Bergen may have started as early as the 1020s. According to tradition, the city was founded in 1070 by king Olav Kyrre and was named Bjørgvin,'the green meadow among the mountains', it served as Norway's capital in the 13th century, from the end of the 13th century became a bureau city of the Hanseatic League. Until 1789, Bergen enjoyed exclusive rights to mediate trade between Northern Norway and abroad and it was the largest city in Norway until the 1830s when it was overtaken by the capital, Christiania.
What remains of the quays, Bryggen, is a World Heritage Site. The city was hit by numerous fires over the years; the Bergen School of Meteorology was developed at the Geophysical Institute starting in 1917, the Norwegian School of Economics was founded in 1936, the University of Bergen in 1946. From 1831 to 1972, Bergen was its own county. In 1972 the municipality absorbed four surrounding municipalities and became a part of Hordaland county; the city is an international center for aquaculture, the offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, a national centre for higher education, media and finance. Bergen Port is Norway's busiest in terms of both freight and passengers, with over 300 cruise ship calls a year bringing nearly a half a million passengers to Bergen, a number that has doubled in 10 years. Half of the passengers are German or British; the city's main football team is SK Brann and a unique tradition of the city is the buekorps. Natives speak a distinct dialect, known as'Bergensk'.
The city features Bergen Airport and Bergen Light Rail, is the terminus of the Bergen Line. Four large bridges connect Bergen to its suburban municipalities. Bergen has a mild winter climate, though with a lot of precipitation. From December to March, Bergen can be, in rare cases, up to 30°C warmer than Oslo though both cities are at about 60° North; the Gulf Stream keeps the sea warm, considering the latitude, the mountains protect the city from cold winds from the north, north-east and east. The city of Bergen was traditionally thought to have been founded by king Olav Kyrre, son of Harald Hardråde in 1070 AD, four years after the Viking Age in England ended with the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Modern research has, discovered that a trading settlement had been established in the 1020s or 1030s. Bergen assumed the function of capital of Norway in the early 13th century, as the first city where a rudimentary central administration was established; the city's cathedral was the site of the first royal coronation in Norway in the 1150s, continued to host royal coronations throughout the 13th century.
Bergenhus guards the entrance to the harbour in Bergen. The functions of the capital city were lost to Oslo during the reign of King Haakon V. In the middle of the 14th century, North German merchants, present in substantial numbers since the 13th century, founded one of the four Kontore of the Hanseatic League at Bryggen in Bergen; the principal export traded from Bergen was dried cod from the northern Norwegian coast, which started around 1100. The city was granted a monopoly for trade from the north of Norway by King Håkon Håkonsson. Stockfish was the main reason. By the late 14th century, Bergen had established itself as the centre of the trade in Norway; the Hanseatic merchants lived in their own separate quarter of the town, where Middle Low German was used, enjoying exclusive rights to trade with the northern fishermen who each summer sailed to Bergen. Today, Bryggen, is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. In 1349, the Black Death was brought to Norway by an English ship arriving in Bergen.
Outbreaks occurred in 1618, 1629 and 1637, on each occasion taking about 3,000 lives. In the 15th century, the city was attacked several times by the Victual Brothers, in 1429 they succeeded in burning the royal castle and much of the city. In 1665, the city's harbour was the site of the Battle of Vågen, when an English naval flotilla attacked a Dutch merchant and treasure fleet supported by the city's garrison. Accidental fires sometimes got out of control, one in 1702 reduced most of the town to ashes. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, Bergen remained one of the largest cities in Scandinavia, it was Norway's biggest city until the 1830s, when the capital city of Oslo became the largest. From around 1600, the Hanseatic dominance of the city's trade declined in favour of Norwegian merchants, in the 1750s, the Hanseatic Kontor closed. Bergen retained its monopoly of trade with northern Norway until 1789; the Bergen stock exchange, the Bergen børs, was established in 1813. Bergen was separated from Hordaland as a county of its own in 1831.
It was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdis
Ivo Caprino was a Norwegian film director and writer, best known for his puppet films. His most famous film is Flåklypa Grand Prix, made in 1975. In the mid-1940s, Caprino helped his mother design puppets for a puppet theatre, which inspired him to try making a film using his mother's designs; the result of their collaboration was Tim og Tøffe, an 8-minute film released in 1949. Several films followed in the next couple of years, including two 15-minute shorts that are still shown in Norway today, Veslefrikk med Fela, based on a Norwegian folk tale, Karius og Baktus, a story by Thorbjørn Egner of two little trolls, representing Caries and Bacterium, living in a boy's teeth. Ingeborg Gude made the puppets for these films as well, as she would continue to do up until her death in the mid sixties; when making Tim og Tøffe, Caprino invented an ingenious method for controlling the puppet's movements in real time. The technique can be described as a mechanical version of animatronics. Caprino's films received rave reviews, he became a celebrity in Norway.
In particular, the public were fascinated with the secret technology used to make his films. When he switched to traditional stop motion, Caprino tried to maintain the impression that he was still using some kind of "magic" technology to make the puppets move though all his films were made with traditional stop motion techniques. In addition to the short films, Caprino produced dozens of advertising films with puppets. In 1959, he directed a live action feature film, Ugler i Mosen, which contained stop motion sequences, he embarked on his most ambitious project, a feature film about Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, who travelled around Norway in the 19th century collecting traditional folk tales. The plan was to use live action for the sequences showing Asbjørnsen, to realise the folk tales using stop motion. Caprino was unable to secure funding for the project, so he ended up making the planned folk tale sequences as separate 16-minute puppet films, bookended by live action sequences showing Asbjørnsen.
In 1970, Caprino and his small team of collaborators, started work on a 25 minutes TV special, which would become The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix. Based on a series of books by Norwegian cartoonist and author Kjell Aukrust, it featured a group of eccentric characters all living in the small village of Pinchcliffe; the TV special was a collection of sketches based with no real story line. After 1.5 years of work, it was decided that it didn't work as a whole, so production on the TV special was stopped, Caprino and Aukrust instead wrote a screenplay for a feature film using the characters and environments, built. The result was The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, which stars Theodore Rimspoke and his two assistants, Sonny Duckworth, a cheerful and optimistic bird, Lambert, a nervous and melancholic hedgehog. Theodore works as a bicycle repairman, though he spends most of his time inventing weird Rube Goldberg-like contraptions. One day, the trio discover that one of Theodore's former assistants, Rudolph Gore-Slimey, has stolen his design for a race car engine, has become a world champion Formula One driver.
Sonny secures funding from an Arab oil sheik who happens to be vacationing in Pinchcliffe, the trio build a gigantic racing car, Il Tempo Gigante – a fabulous construction with two engines and its own blood bank. Theodore enters a race, ends up winning, beating Gore-Slimey despite his attempts at sabotage; the film was made in 3.5 years by a team of 5 people. Caprino directed and animated, Bjarne Sandemose built the sets and the cars, was in charge of the technical side, Ingeborg Riiser modeled the puppets and Gerd Alfsen made the costumes and props; when it came out in 1975, The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix was an enormous success in Norway, selling 1 million tickets in its first year of release. It remains the biggest box office hit of all time in Norway and was released in many other countries. To help promote the film abroad and Sandemose built a full-scale replica of Il Tempo Gigante, legal for public roads, but is exposited at Hunderfossen Familiepark. Except for some TV work in the late 1970s, Caprino made no more puppet films, focusing instead on creating attractions for the Hunderfossen theme park outside Lillehammer based on his folk tale movies, making tourist films using a custom built multi camera setup of his own design that shoots 280 degrees panorama movies.
Caprino was the son of Italian furniture designer Mario Caprino and the artist Ingeborg Gude, a granddaughter of the painter Hans Gude. He lived all of his life at Snarøya in Bærum, he died in 2001 after having lived several years with a cancer diagnosis. Since Caprino's death, his son Remo has had great success developing a computer game based on Flåklypa Grand Prix. 1975 – Flåklypa Grand Prix 1967 – Gutten som kappåt med trollet 1966 – Sjuende far i huset 1963 – Papirdragen 1962 – Reveenka 1961 – Askeladden og de gode hjelperne 1959 – Ugler i mosen 1958 – Et hundeliv med meg 1955 – Den standhaftige tinnsoldat 1955 – Klatremus i knipe 1954 – Karius og Baktus 1952 – Veslefrikk med fela 1950 – Musikk på loftet/En dukkedrøm 1949 – Tim og Tøffe Ivo Caprinos Supervideograf Caprino Studios – Official page
The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix
The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix is a Norwegian stop motion-animated feature film directed by Ivo Caprino. It was released in 1975 and is based on characters from a series of books by Norwegian cartoonist and author Kjell Aukrust, it is the most seen Norwegian film of all time, having sold some 5.5 million tickets since its release to a population which numbers just over 5 million. In the village of Flåklypa, Gudbrand Valley, the inventor Reodor Felgen lives with his animal friends Ludvig and Solan Gundersen. Reodor works as a bicycle repairman, though he spends most of his time inventing weird Rube Goldberg-like contraptions. One day, the trio discover that one of Reodor's former assistants, Rudolf Blodstrupmoen, has stolen his design for a race car engine and has become a world champion Formula One driver. Solan secures funding from Arab oil sheik Ben Redic Fy Fazan, who happens to be vacationing in Flåklypa, to enter the race, the trio builds a gigantic racing car: Il Tempo Gigante—a fabulous construction with two big engines, a body made out of copper, a spinning radar and its own blood bank.
Reodor ends up winning despite Blodstrupmoen's attempts at sabotage. In 1970, Ivo Caprino and his small team of collaborators started work on a 25-minute-long TV special, which would become The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix; the TV special was a collection of sketches based with no real story line. After 1.5 years of work, it was decided that it didn't work as a whole, so production on the TV special was stopped, But about one year after the rejection, Ivo Caprino's son, Remo Caprino, got the idea to make the sketches into a full-length film. Kjell Aukrust, Ivo Caprino, Kjell Syversen and Remo Caprino began at that point to write the script for what would become The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix; the film is inspired by the birthplace of Kjell Aukrust's father, Lom. The Flåklypa-mountain is a stylized version of a real mountain, where the valley underneath it is named Flåklypa, it is widely believed that the characters are carricatures of real persons. The film was made in 3.5 years by a team of 5 people. Caprino animated.
Charley Patey was the camera man. When it came out in 1975, The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix was an enormous success in Norway, selling 1 million tickets in its first year of release, it remains the biggest box office hit of all time in Norway and was released in many other countries. The film held the record for the highest grossing stop motion animated film until it was surpassed in 1993 by The Nightmare Before Christmas; the movie was shown in cinemas every day of the week for 28 years, from 1975 until 2003—mainly in Norway and Tokyo. A real Il tempo gigante car was used to promote the film, e.g. driving around the Hockenheimring between races. The car had a 250 hp Cadillac engine but when Niki Lauda saw it he provided them with a 7.6 L, 550 hp, big-block Chevrolet engine. The car has an auxiliary jet-engine, but due to EU restrictions the vehicle is permitted to be used at all save for exclusive TV cameos; the UK release featured the voice of well-known Formula One commentator Murray Walker. There is a US dubbed version.
The film was first released on DVD in 2001. In 2005 a digitally restored 30th-anniversary DVD was released which featured soundtracks and subtitles in five languages including English; the movie aired every Christmas Eve in Norway for several years, until a change of channel from NRK to TV 2 changed the airing date to 23 or 25 December. In 2009 it showed on the 25th, it was released on 8 May 1980 in Australian theaters by Filmways Australia and released in US and Canada in 1981. Gurin with the Foxtail Solan og Ludvig - Jul i Flåklypa Solan og Ludvig: Herfra til Flåklypa Månelyst i Flåklypa In 2000 a computer game based on the film was released; the game was created by Tyr Neilsen, Creative Director and in charge of production at Ingames Interactive until a debilitating accident ended his video game career. The project was taken over and completed by Caprino's son Remo, while his grandson Mario was lead programmer; the lead designer was Joe Dever. The game was ported to Nintendo DS in 2010; the movie inspired a young Christian von Koenigsegg to create the Koenigsegg CC, the first of the Koenigsegg make of supercars.
Norwegian hip-hop duo Multicyde based their 1999 single "Not for the Dough" on a sample from the movie's soundtrack and featured excerpts from the movie in the song's music video. List of animated feature films List of stop-motion films The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix on IMDb The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix at The Big Cartoon DataBase Homepage of Caprino Studios Homepage of Bent Fabricius Bjerre
Rolf Just Nilsen
Rolf Just Nilsen was a Norwegian singer and actor. He was known for his voice imitations, he worked for the theatres Studioteatret, Chat Noir, Edderkoppen Theatre, Oslo Nye Teater and Det Norske Teatret, for radio and television. Just Nilsen was born in Oslo as the son of Bjarne Olav Just Magnhild Herland, he was a nephew of actor Leif Juster. He was married to Arna Aukland from 1954, he died in Oslo in 1981 during a show performance, only 49 years old. Just Nilsen made his stage debut in 1947 at Studioteatret in the play Vintersolverv, he was assigned at Studioteatret until 1950. From 1952 to 1959 he worked at Chat Noir, his breakthrough was in Feldborg's "Operasangeren" in the 1958 revue Så lenge lykken varer. From 1959 to 1965 he worked at the Edderkoppen Theatre, from 1965 to 1968 at Chat Noir, from 1968 to 1970 at Det Norske Teatret, from 1970 to 1976 at Oslo Nye Teater, from 1976 to 1981 at Det Norske Teatret, his film debut was based on the comic strip Jens von Bustenskjold. He played the leading character in the film comedies Operasjon Løvsprett from 1962 and Operasjon Sjøsprøyt from 1964, played in Stompa forelsker seg from 1965, To på topp from 1965 and Reisen til julestjernen from 1976.
Among his best known songs are "Pappa'n til Tove Mette" and "Julekveld i skogen". He was known for his voice imitations, recorded several monologues parodizing leading Norwegian politicians, he recorded songs for children, including the album Superoptikjempefantafenomenalistisk from 1965. He recorded four albums for children from 1977 to 1980, was awarded Spellemannprisen in 1980, he was awarded the Leonard Statuette in 1976
Henki Kolstad was a Norwegian actor, considered one of country's best and most versatile actors. He had his theatrical debut in 1928, for Nationaltheatret. Two years he acted in his first movie, titled Eskimo. In addition to Nationaltheatret, he worked for Trøndelag Teater, Det nye Teater and Centralteatret. Kolstad was most famous for his role in the movies Olsenbanden, for his role in the children's series "Jul i Skomakergata" and as "Herr Klinke" in Den Spanske Flue, he had a number of roles in several movies, such as Vi Gifter Oss from 1951. Among the awards he received during his career was an honorary Amanda in 1990, Commander of the Order of St. Olav. Kolstad married his wife Else in 1938, the couple had just celebrated their 70th anniversary before Henki's death, they had been a couple for 76 years. Together they had two daughters. Henki's younger brother, Lasse Kolstad, was a well-known actor, he had voiced several Disney characters in local dubs of various movies. Roles included the Sheriff of Nottingham in the Sultan of Agrabah in Aladdin.
The White God Kampen om tungtvannet Alt dette og Island med Vi gifter oss Emergency Landing Stevnemøte med glemte år De dødes tjern Line Vildanden Pappa tar gull Skjær i sjøen Gutten som kappåt med trollet Fleksnes Fataliteter: Trafikk og panikk Jul i Skomakergata Deilig er fjorden! Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by Spanske flue, Den Olsenbandens siste stikk Obituary in English from Aftenposten. Henki Kolstad on IMDb