The Song of the Scarlet Flower
- 1h 55min
About Olavi, a farmer's son who leaves his home after a dispute with his father and leads a life of a womanizing logger.About Olavi, a farmer's son who leaves his home after a dispute with his father and leads a life of a womanizing logger.About Olavi, a farmer's son who leaves his home after a dispute with his father and leads a life of a womanizing logger.
In other words, another tale of what is NOT good for the goose can never be good for the gander, either, in that pre-war patriarchal world: this is a theme the director returned to constantly. At least in this one, the philandering anti-hero is played real well by classic (sorta silent era like) handsomeness Kaarlo Oksanen - (as he would do again for some others, before tragically killed in the second half of that country's war) - all flashing teeth and doff of his hat charming insouciance.
Then, besides the accompanying string of Finn countryside beauties who eventually become either with stork offering, good-time gals (surely not whores - although in time it is this that is most certainly a recurring theme of the director's), even somehow quasi tough suited / hearted (ooh, smoking - and lighting her own cigarette, no less) woman (Brigit Nuortio) who gives the soon to become standard (recurring in Tulio's films all the way up to his last, almost exactly the same in 'Sensuela') 'men are only after one thing, but all we women want is love' tirade, you also get rare appearance by a one Rakel Linnanheimo, sister to Regina who would next become his go to regular leading lady thereafter. (She was contracted out to another studio at this time.)
So if you like handsome (over lipsticked!) classically handsome guys bedding (only inferred: it was pre-war) country wenches, but who gets his comeuppance so that (WARNING: plot spoiler alert here= read no further) his own wedding night is f**cked up (or rather not not F..., if you follow?), this is the one for you. Otherwise, avoid like you should those shallow philandering good for nothing heartthrobs!
Oh, forgot to add: it is in this one that the original almost documentary style recording of loggers shooting the rapids is sourced from: anti-hero Olavi is a master single log rider and there are several long spectacular shots of - well, some superb guy, doing it all: it's obviously not Kaarlo, so it's pity that this impressive stunt man/men name(s) were not credited at those times and so lost to posterity for the rightful feat recognition they should have got.
- Mar 31, 2017