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Unge viljer (1943)

In the difficult 30'ies, the poor working family Jensen is struggling in affording their sons education, and it ends in tragedy. The son befriends the daughter of the, not liked by the rich employer West, which sends his daughter away.

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Walter Fyrst

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Walter Fyrst
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Karl Aagaard Østvig Jr. Karl Aagaard Østvig Jr. ... Tor, Jensen's son
Anne-Eline Christie Anne-Eline Christie ... Liv
Martin Gisti Martin Gisti ... Albert Jensen, worker
Johan Hauge Johan Hauge ... West, director
Betzy Holter Betzy Holter ... Mrs. West
Borger Jahr Borger Jahr ... Anton, Tor's friend
Victor Lindzen Victor Lindzen ... A communist leader
Karin Meyer Karin Meyer ... Jensen's wife
Alf Strømsnes Alf Strømsnes ... Kristian
Einar Tveito Einar Tveito ... Bjorn Storhaug, a farmer
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In the difficult 30'ies, the poor working family Jensen is struggling in affording their sons education, and it ends in tragedy. The son befriends the daughter of the, not liked by the rich employer West, which sends his daughter away.

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Highly relevant to understand post-war Scandinavian politics
25 March 2006 | by geirtbrSee all my reviews

This is a propaganda movie, that very crisply displays the ideological agenda of the Norwegian fascist party.

It is very interesting, because it highlights the similarities between the fascism of late 30s and early 40s to later labour party politics, which was similar to and heavily influenced by fascism. The labour party has dominated Norwegian politics since world war 2.

Some of these similarities are:

  • national unity instead of class struggle. This was the main agenda for the norwegian fascist party, and was copied directly (but never credited, of course!) by the post-war labour government. - a strong leader ("fører") (in the form of gerhardsen for labour party) - corporativism in commerce and politics (the elites in the labour organisations and commerce organisations cooperating and heavily influencing/deciding the top political decisions) focus on norwegian nature and and use of nationalist rhetoric, as opposed to the international orientation of the labour party in the early 1930s anti-communism


The main differences, must also be said, were the presence of freedom of speech, a unbiased justice system, and free elections.

Fascism is much more part of the political heritage in Europe today, than what most would like to admit. This movie shows that trying to distinguish post war social democracy from fascism is very difficult, it was all built together from the same kettle of ideas in the 1930s.


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