Tag Archives: Finnish

Hamlet liikemaailmassa / Hamlet Goes Business (1987) Aki Kaurismäki, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Esko Salminen, Kati Outinen, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hamlet liikemaailmassa (1987)
A bizarre black-and-white film noir reworking of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. After the death of his father, young Hamlet inherits a seat on the board of a company controlled by his uncle that decides to move into the rubber duck market. But Hamlet is suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his father’s death…
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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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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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Tuntematon sotilas / The Unknown Soldier (1955) Edvin Laine, Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Drama, War

Tuntematon sotilas (1955)
It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns – the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine’s epic interpretation of Väinö Linna’s war novel “Tuntematon Sotilas” is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history.
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