Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkäinen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her brother to build for her a Sampo, a magical device that creates salt, grain, and gold. When Lemminkäinen tries (and fails) to recover the Sampo, Louhi steals the sun, plunging the world into frozen darkness.
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This film was riffed on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Season 4, Episode 22. See more
[Ilmarinen hammers a viking ship out of molten iron, greatly distressing Louhi's trolls
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Four versions of this film were filmed at the same time: with Finnish and Russian dialogue and with normal and anamorphic optics. The Finnish version was subsequently edited to exclude some scenes that were considered to be unorthodox compared to "Kalevala", the original epic. Also most of the dialogue in the Finnish version was dubbed in verse form unlike the version that was filmed. See more
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Written by Igor Morozov / Väinö Kaukonen
Performed by hääväki See more
April 1964 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Day the Earth Froze
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Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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