Yesterday I visited a very interesting place, the Norwegian Film Museum in Oslo, a museum with a unique collection of objects and authentic film sets. I thought I would do some researches and tell you more about fantasy and horror Norwegian filmography in particular.
The first official film was played in Paris by the French Lumière brothers, year 1895; but, we have to wait until 1891 for the first cinematograph, by the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison.
In Norway, if we think about animation and fantasy films, the most important name to remember is Ivo Caprino; he made films of the most famous fairytales of the authors H. C. Andersen and Asbjørnsen and Moe. He used dolls and made them seem like real characters. There have been periods in history where many films were censored, due to political or social reasons (like during the Nazi era); today, many critics in Norway discuss about the age limit for various fantasy films, and children must be at least 11 to watch fantasy films like The Lord of the Rings and Twilight.
Furthermore, one of the first horror movies ever projected in Norway was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, by the American Tobe Hooper, in 1978 (despite the fact that the film was made some years before, in 1974). It’s simple to imagine that this brutal film caused several discussions because of its content and horrible images.
If you happen to be in Oslo and you’re interested in film industry and history, go visit this place, you won’t regret it.