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The Unknown Soldier (1955)
"Tuntematon sotilas" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  23 December 1955 (Finland)
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It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the ... See full summary »

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It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns - the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine's epic interpretation of Väinö Linna's war novel "Tuntematon Sotilas" is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history. Written by Peter Lagerstrom

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Right after Väinö Linna had published his novel Tuntematon sotilas, Mauno Mäkelä, the manager of Fennada-Filmi made a tentative reservation of the filming rights. But Edvin Laine, who was working for SF (Suomen Filmiteollisuus) at the time, read the novel and immediately traveled from Helsinki to Tampere to meet Väinö Linna to invalidate Mäkelä's reservations. Laine believed so much in the novel that he promised Linna more money for the filming rights than Mäkelä, although he didn't have the authorization to do so. In spite of this ruthless act Mäkelä and Laine later made two films together Here, Beneath the North Star (1968) and Akseli ja Elina (1970). These films were based on Väinö Linnas Täällä Pohjantähden alla-trilogy. See more »

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Asumaniemi: [when being shot in the chest] It's on the left... The heart is on the left side!
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Elämää juoksuhaudoissa
Music: Finnish traditional
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I haven't ever heard such incomprehensible gibberish in my life. The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) is not Soviet propoganda but a poignant and still very relevant look at the inhumanity of war. It is probably the only film that takes place during the little known Continuation War (1941-44), the sequel to the also little known Winter War (1939-40). Unlike Talvisota, the other great Finnish war movie, some knowledge of the chronology and background to this conflict is required. In 1941, Finland mobilized its forces along the 1940 armistice line incurring the wrath of the Soviet Union which bombed several Finnish cities in response. Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began shortly after. With most Soviet forces tied down in defending the motherland against the Germans, Finland seized the opportunity and reoccupied the land it had lost in the previous war. The plucky Finns made significant gains until the war entered its 'static phase' with neither side giving or taking any ground for nearly 2 years. The Finns did, however, refuse to link up with the Germans at Stalingrad which consequently may have cost Germany (and Finland) the war. There was a color remake of this film but in my opinion, this appears to be the superior version. If you can get a copy of the novel in English, I would recommend reading that as well.


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