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The Witch (1952)
"Noita palaa elämään" (original title)

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Archaeological team unearths a body of a young woman, who was told to be a witch buried in the bog some 300 years ago. Soon a naked woman appears and drives the men of the village crazy. ... See full summary »


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Veikko Hallberg
Helge Herala ...
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Archaeological team unearths a body of a young woman, who was told to be a witch buried in the bog some 300 years ago. Soon a naked woman appears and drives the men of the village crazy. Everybody is certain that this really is the witch killed in days of yore. At the end the wild happenings during those few days appeared to be a dream of the professor leading the excavations. Written by ilkkajaa

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Premiered the same year as another rare Finnish horror/fantasy, The White Reindeer (1952) which is built around the same themes. See more »


Referenced in Lumikki ja 7 jätkää (1953) See more »

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Truly frightening and powerful witchcraft
8 August 2014 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I was 14 yrs in 1967 when I saw this first time on TV and the movie was just terrifying and I was really frightened. All I remember was the foggy swamp, impassioned music and horrified people talking about some awful witch who was buried there.

Mirjami Mane was so powerful and crazy that she run every men to craziness. The critics didn't see her wild playfulness but thought that her acting was just helpless. In my mind she acts exactly like a girl who is not used to live attached to the present day but has been some kind of loner living somewhere for maybe hundreds of years.

She is just so crazy and wild that the people don't understand her and men just fell into the snares of this unexplained witch. There are more and more evidences that she really is a witch who was buried to the swamp three hundred years ago.

Also cinematography and art decorations are marvelous and they both received "Jussi" trophy (Finnish counterpart for Oscar).

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