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The White Reindeer (1952)

Valkoinen peura (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 1957 (USA)
A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.

Director:

Erik Blomberg
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mirjami Kuosmanen ... Pirita / Maarita
Kalervo Nissilä Kalervo Nissilä ... Aslak
Åke Lindman ... Metsänhoitaja
Jouni Tapiola Jouni Tapiola ... Niila
Arvo Lehesmaa Arvo Lehesmaa ... Tsalkku-Nilla
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A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire. Written by <miura@algonet.se>

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

At some point of production Aarne Tarkas was to direct the movie and Erik Blomberg was to be only a cinematographer, but for some reason Blomberg took also the directorial responsibilities. See more »

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Featured in Sodankylä Forever: Valon draama (2010) See more »

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Be careful what you wish for is the moral of this captivating 1952 fantasy horror, and perhaps the world's only example of Sami gothic cinema
13 May 2020 | by mwilson1976See all my reviews

Be careful what you wish for is the moral of this captivating 1952 fantasy horror (a rare genre movie from Finland), and perhaps the world's only example of Sami gothic cinema. A newly-married young woman, Pirita (Mirjami Kuosmanen), desperate for affection, visits a shaman who offers a potion that makes her an irresistible object of desire, but there is a terrible cost. Pirita becomes a bloodthirsty shapeshifter who lures men out into the barren wilderness where she kills them. It was the directorial debut of Finnish cinematographer Erik Blomberg, and was filmed amongst the starkly beautiful fells of Finnish Lapland. Blomberg combines an almost documentary filming style with avant-garde experimentation to produce a dreamy art-house horror film without compare, and it remains one of world cinema's criminally under-seen masterpieces. The film was entered in competition at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival and earned the Jean Cocteau-led jury special award for Best Fairy Tale Film. After its limited release five years later in the United States, it was one of five films to win the 1956 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.


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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Reindeer See more »

Filming Locations:

Inari, Finland See more »

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Production Co:

Junior-Filmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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