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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wisdom in Albania

TIRANA () -- British comedian Norman Wisdom, a national hero in Albania, was greeted by crowds of journalists and fans when he arrived in Tirana for a four-day visit.

Wisdom was one of very few Western actors whose films escaped strict censorship under the hardline communist rule of Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha. In Albania, Europe's poorest and most isolated country, only Italian love films, films with historical themes and war films were shown. Wisdom's films provided Albanians with some lighter moments.

"I am very lucky and look forward to meeting the people," said Wisdom, who was immediately mobbed by journalists.