Critic, actor laid to rest

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Funeral services were held Thursday for Pål Bang-Hansen, a former child actor who became Norway’s best-known film critic. Bang-Hansen died just before the Easter holidays, age 72.

Pål Bang-Hansen PHOTO: Norwegian Film Institute

His round face, glasses and lively commentary were among Bang-Hansen’s trademarks. He spent more than 40 years working for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), mostly as a film expert.

Bang-Hansen attended the international film festival in Cannes 45 times and reported enthusiastically year after year, also from Norway’s own film festival in Haugesund.

Hans-Tore Bjerkaas, head of NRK, wrote in newspaper Aftenposten that no one in Norway had done more work to explain film than Bang-Hansen. He joined NRK in 1967 and, according to Bjerkaas, “opened the universe of film for TV viewers” in Norway. “He brought Europe home to us.”

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