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 ...
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Uuno Turhapuro is a man who can convince anyone of anything by simply talking them into submission. Uuno learns to play the violin and becomes famous, but discovers that fame is both a gift and a curse.
A private detective helps a prostitute being assaulted, and notices that she is wearing a very unique ring. She is later found murdered and there is no trace of the ring, which turns out to... See full summary »
A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.
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.
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 »
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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