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Noita palaa elämään (1952)

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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Complete credited cast:
Mirja Mane ...
Birgit Suomaa
Hillevi Lagerstam ...
Greta - Hannu's Wife
Sakari Jurkka ...
Veikko Hallberg
Baron Hallberg
Rakel Laakso ...
Elsa Turakainen ...
Elli Ylimaa ...
Einari Ketola ...
Jalmari Parikka ...


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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3 October 1952 (Finland)  »

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Return of the Witch  »

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Film adaptation of Waltari's play was first planned in 1950 with Hannu Leminen directing, Tauno Palo playing the role of Hannu and Uuno Laakso in the role of Baron Hallberg. See more »


Edited into Äl' yli päästä perhanaa (1968) See more »

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Rare Finnish 'horror'
15 July 2008 | by (Lahti, Finland) – See all my reviews

Made after the Second World War, this film, which would translate to English as 'The Witch returns to life', shows the lack of funding so common in the post-war era in Finland. But yet, to keep people's humor up, the film industry did everything to ease the living of the poor households. The 'horror' part of this film might seem to us now more or less amusing.

The seemingly light subject of the film has underlying social issues: The Second World War had ended just barely seven years ago. The heavy war indemnities forced Finnish industry to boost up its productivity. The agricultural Finland was moving faster and faster towards city-life. Women's rights were still in the developing stage. Especially in the countryside and farms the women were the ones to take care of the household while the men were busy out in the fields to secure the year's crop. 'Unconventially' behaving female was prone to draw negative attention - especially if she was young and attractive. The villager's moods could have easily turned to witch hunt-like persecution.

Mika Waltari (September 19, 1908 – August 26, 1979) is one of the best known writers of Finland. His works have been translated to many languages all over the world. The most famous book is 'Sinuhe - the Egyptian', which made the Bestsellers list in many countries and is translated to 40 languages. 'The Egyptian' - a Hollywood movie was made according to 'Sinuhe' in 1954 (Director Michael Curtiz). The theater play 'Noita palaa elämään' (1947) is one of his 26 plays and was made for film in 1952 - the year Helsinki had the Summer Olympic Games. Altogether 33 books of Waltari have been filmed.

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