Tag Archives: Finnish

Taistelun tie / The Road of War (1940) Risto Orko, Hilkka Helinä, Kyösti Kallio, Turo Kartto, Documentary, War

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The film presented the background of the war, the war itself and the reconstruction work begun right after the war. The opening credits of the film are followed by these words written by the director himself: “ONE HUNDRED DAYS of profound sacrifices, boundless efforts and spotless honor – dedicated to the memory of the Unknown Soldier.” In the days following the war, the declamatory tone of those words or of the heroic narration, written mainly by Turo Karto, didn’t seem false to Finnish viewers.

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Linnaisten vihreä kamari / The Green Chamber of Linnais (1945) Valentin Vaala, Rauli Tuomi, Regina Linnanheimo, Kaija Rahola, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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The film represents the style of pure escapism with its mansion settings filled with romances, wrong identities and centuries-old secrets. It was the most watched Finnish premiere film of 1945 and went on to win three Jussi Awards; Rauli Tuomi for best actor in a leading role, Eino Heino for best cinematography and Roy for best production design.

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Ihmiset suviyössä / People in the Summer Night (1948) Valentin Vaala, Eila Pehkonen, Martti Katajisto, Emma Väänänen, Drama

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A visual poem based on a story by Nobel laureate F.E. Sillanpää. The fates of various characters become interlaced over a long and light-filled summer night in the Finnish countryside. Lumberjacks, a deer-eyed young man Nokia, a family of poor farmers, a young girl and her lover… New life is born, old life dies, man is slain in his prime, and his widow continues her life.

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Il capitano (1991) Jan Troell, Antti Reini, Maria Heiskanen, Berto Marklund, Drama

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Triple murders are rare enough in Sweden that they qualify as headline-grabbing national news for prolonged periods of time. This movie is based on the story behind one such incident, which took place in 1988. A girl and a boy from Finland have traveled to Denmark, where they support themselves by various mildly nefarious means, generally small burglaries. The boy is captured for one of these crimes and does some jail time, while the girl tries to make a go of it on her own. However, when her aggressive young lover gets out of jail, she takes off with him to Sweden. There, they engage in ever-more daring criminal feats, until one day they murder a married couple and their teenaged son while they are visiting a cemetery. According to reviewers, there is a sense of inevitability in the progress of the story, which focuses on the alienation and isolation of these two congenital outsiders.

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Unelma karjamajalla / In the Fields of Dreams (1940) Teuvo Tulio, Sirkka Salonen, Olga Tainio, Kaarlo Oksanen, Drama, Romance

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This rural melodrama, based on the play “Hälsingar” by Swedish playwright Henning Ohlson, tells a story of two brothers, one a honest, hard-working man and the other a womanizing gambler who threatens to ruin their house. The latter hires a poor village girl as a maid, sparking the jealousy of a lustful senior maid. After the philandering brother has made the new maid pregnant and flees to America to avoid the consequences of his financial misdeeds, his elder brother is left to clean up the mess.

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