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Finnish revolutionaries in 1904 seek independence from Russia
"Varastettu kuolema" ((1938) aka "Stolen Death" is a marvelous black and white Finnish film, directed by Nyrki Tapiovaara. It tells the story of a small group of middle-class revolutionaries whose aim is secession of Finland from Russia, the time being 1904. At the outset they are printing and distributing pamphlets but they decide to graduate to weapons and armed resistance. Their leader is "Hedman" (Ilmari Mänty). They turn to an underground arms merchant "Karilo" (Jonni Claesson) who has infiltrated a young and beautiful lady "Manja" (Tuulikki Paananen) into their midst. (She appears in "The Leopard Man" (1943).) Karilo's price is exorbitant and when Hedman refuses the exchange, Karilo threatens to reveal them to the Russian authorities. The plot elaborates from this setup to create a suspense thriller, mixing love, arms theft, imprisonment, escape, chases, hidden arms, Russian harassment, and unique characters like the pawnshop and passport dealer (Annie Mörk).
The visuals of "Varastettu kuolema" are very strong varying from noir to expressionist. They are a complete delight. At times, the film is silent. Although the film's influences are identifiable, the direction is bold and strong enough to make its own statement.
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