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Stolen Death (1938)

Varastettu kuolema (original title)
A thriller set in turn-of-the-century Helsinki, Stolen Death uses elements of German expressionism to tell the story of Finnish resistance fighters smuggling arms to overthrow the Tsarist ... See full summary »

Director:

Nyrki Tapiovaara

Writers:

Erik Blomberg, Matti Kurjensaari (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tuulikki Paananen ... Manja
Ilmari Mänty Ilmari Mänty ... Robert Hedman
Santeri Karilo Santeri Karilo ... Jonni Claesson
Annie Mörk Annie Mörk ... Madame Johansson
Bertha Lindberg Bertha Lindberg ... Robert's mother
Hertta Leistén Hertta Leistén ... Aunt
Gabriel Tossu Gabriel Tossu ... Shoemaker
Jalmari Parikka Jalmari Parikka ... Prison guard (as Ilmari Parikka)
Aku Peltonen ... Morgue guard
Atos Konst Atos Konst ... Robert's comrade
Viljo Kervinen Viljo Kervinen ... Robert's comrade
Paavo Kuoppala Paavo Kuoppala ... Robert's comrade
Yrjö Salminen Yrjö Salminen ... Robert's comrade
Kusti Laitinen Kusti Laitinen ... Gendarme officer
Emil Kokkonen Emil Kokkonen ... Soldier
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A thriller set in turn-of-the-century Helsinki, Stolen Death uses elements of German expressionism to tell the story of Finnish resistance fighters smuggling arms to overthrow the Tsarist occupiers of Finland. Tapiovaara stresses the divided loyalties of the Finnish bourgeoisie, torn between preserving their privileged economic position and taking a risky stand for an independent Finland.

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For the 1954 re-release, producer Erik Blomberg cut 15 minutes out of the film. The original 101 minute version hasn't been shown since, yet the cut parts are preserved. The preserved uncut version was shown by The Finnish National Audiovisual Instute on the 15 of August 2017. See more »

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Beautiful dark masterpiece of film noir
22 January 2006 | by MadFishSee all my reviews

Nyrki Tapiovaara made a short career by directing only five movies. Still he can be remembered as one of the early masters of Finnish cinema. "Varastettu kuolema" is a great example of Tapiovaara's talent. It's a rare piece of work as being one of the few film noir -styled movies of the local products.

The film brings us among a group of revolutionists preparing for some militaristic actions. However this won't be so easy as the times are hard and people corrupted. "Varastettu kuolema" crawls through the dark alleys and twisted people just the way as the famous works of the Hollywood film noir do. The ending breaks out to be astonishing. Peter von Bagh claims it to be the best scene in the history of Finnish film!


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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Swedish | Russian

Release Date:

4 September 1938 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Stolen Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Espoo, Finland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Erik Blomberg See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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