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Noita palaa elämään (1952)
Truly frightening and powerful witchcraft
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).
Tulitikkuja lainaamassa (1938)
I've seen this movie at least 7 times still enjoying it. Especially Aku Korhonen as Antti Ihalainen is just adorable. This is also a popular drama held in Finnish summer theaters which usually take place outside located in beautiful or historical places all over the Finland.
Ester Toivonen (as Maija-Liisa Ihalainen) was known first as Miss Finland 1933 and Miss Europe 1934 elected in the UK. She acted in 14 movies between 1934-1943 and was even offered a contract in Hollywood but somehow she refused it. Ester Toivonen was the first Miss Finland who acted in a movie and many others have been followed her. Usually they acted only in one movie in a minor roles having perhaps few lines. Ester Toivonen was a real actress.