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Teuvo Tulio's Lost Masterpieces, London

What? You've never heard of Teuvo Tulio? Where have you been? Clearly not in mid-century Finland, or you'd know all about this unsung, unorthodox auteur. A former silent screen idol, Tulio fashioned an unabashedly melodramatic style behind the camera (his heroes were Cukor, Lubitsch and Von Sternberg), oblivious to his own lack of budget or professionalism. His movies typically mix fallen women, country charmers, ripe rural imagery and social commentary, as shown in the four restored movies here, made between 1938 and 1946, with the series opening with In The Field Of Dreams. His influence can be detected in the works of Fassbinder, Guy Maddin and Aki Kaurismäki, some of whose films play alongside Tulio's here, plus Cukor's The Women.

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