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Säkkijärven polkka (1955)

A biopic of Vili Vesterinen, a popular Finnish accordion virtuoso (1907-61). After years of playing by the ear and for free at local country dances in his home province Karelia, he is ... See full summary »

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Ville Salminen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sakari Jurkka Sakari Jurkka ... Vili Vesterinen
Marjatta Kallio Marjatta Kallio ... Mirja
Ekke Hämäläinen Ekke Hämäläinen ... Jaakko Perälä
Santeri Karilo Santeri Karilo ... Mirjan isä
Sasu Haapanen Sasu Haapanen ... Viipurin musiikkiopiston johtaja
Emmi Jurkka Emmi Jurkka ... Sirkusnainen
Kerttu Salmi Kerttu Salmi ... Ravintola Capellan johtaja
Pirkko Karppi Pirkko Karppi ... Liisukka
Martta Kontula Martta Kontula ... Laulunopettaja
Pentti Irjala Pentti Irjala ... Aaro
Eero Leväluoma Eero Leväluoma ... Hanuritehtailija Kukkola
Saara Ranin Saara Ranin ... Vuokraemäntä
Heimo Lepistö Heimo Lepistö ... Bili
Ville-Veikko Salminen Ville-Veikko Salminen ... Kylänpoika Ollilasta
Veikko Linna Veikko Linna ... Sirkustirehtööri
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A biopic of Vili Vesterinen, a popular Finnish accordion virtuoso (1907-61). After years of playing by the ear and for free at local country dances in his home province Karelia, he is accepted at the Viipuri Conservatory to study double bass. Accordion is frowned upon in classical music circles, and Vili is frustrated for having to learn to read music and pick up notes from his large 'cupboard', as he calls his assigned instrument. Depressed even more after his childhood sweetheart Mirja gets engaged to his best friend, he finally manages to join Dallapé, the most prestigious dance band of pre-war Finland. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Finland

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Finnish

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9 September 1955 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Säkkijärven polka See more »

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Fennada-Filmi See more »
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Vili Vesterinen: I collect stones in my pocket and jump into the sea. Goodbye!
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Sakari Jurkka as Vili Vesterinen in a worthy biopic
5 December 2008 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Vili Vesterinen (1907-1961) was a Finnish accordion virtuoso.This movie shows us him being a poor Karelian boy and then going to Viipuri Conservatory to study double bass.That's not his instrument and all he really wants to do is play his accordion to the folks.But reaching the stars is never easy.Ville Salminen's Säkkijärven Polkka (1955) is a pretty great biopic of one fine musician.The now 85-year Sakari Jurkka was a perfect man for the part of Vili Vesterinen.Marjatta Kallio as his childhood sweetheart Mirja is wonderful.Ekke Hämäläinen as his friend Jaakko is terrific.Santeri Karilo plays Mirja's father.Sylva Rossi is her mother.Emmi Jurkka plays Circus woman.Pentti Irjala is Aaro.Saara Ranin is Landlady.Director's son Ville-Veikko Salminen is Village boy from Ollila.Veikko Linna plays Villager.In smaller parts you can see Spede Pasanen (Engineer #2), Armas Jokio (Circus man) and Leo Jokela (Celebrator).Viljo Vesterinen appears as himself.The movie consists of fantastic music.The title song is heard several times.In this movie we see Vili's life full of sadness and joy.Those are the two things we can find from anybody's life.


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