No one can hide from the eyes of the secret police!
vt Stolen Death
Finland / 101 minutes, cut to 86 minutes / bw / Adams, Blomberg Dir: Nyrki Tapiovaara Pr: Erik Blomberg Scr: Eino Mäkinen, Erik Blomberg, Matti Kurjensaari Story: “Lihamylly” (nd—see below) by Runar Schildt Cine: Olavi Gunnari, Erik Blomberg Cast: Tuulikki Paananen, Ilmari Mänty, Santeri Karilo, Annie Mörk, Bertha Lindberg, Hertta Leistén, Gabriel Tossu, Ilmari Parikka, Aku Peltonen, Atos Konst, Viljo Kervinen, Paavo Kuoppala, Yrjö Salminen, Kusti Laitinen, Emil Kokkonen, Ida Salin.
Runar Schildt set the novella upon which this movie is based during the Finnish Civil War of 1918. The movie pushes the events back to 1904. In either instance, a group of Finnish freedom fighters is rebelling against repressive Russian rule. The version of the movie that I’ve seen is the 86-minute re-release; the original apparently ran to 101 minutes. The shorter version holds together coherently, but time and again there’s the sense that nuances are missing and likewise some of the plot elements.
Robert Hedman (Mänty) is leader of a group of radicals (Konst, Kervinen, Kuoppala, Salminen) who devote themselves to printing and distributing pamphlets protesting against repression by the Russkis and demanding freedom. One night on his way home, Robert realizes he’s about to be picked up by the secret police and so hides his precious notebook, complete with details of his co-conspirators, in a dark alley.
When he returns, after having been frisked, he discovers the notebook gone.
Manja (Tuulikki Paananen).
The person who has purloined it is Manja (Paananen), the young mistress of the foreign-born black marketeer Jonni Claësson (Karilo). It’s difficult to be Continue reading