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Tulipunainen kyyhkynen (1961)

Doctor Aitamaa is spending holiday with his family at their summer villa. He accidentally reads a letter that was meant to his wife. The letter is from another man. Aitamaa fallows his wife... See full summary »

Director:

Matti Kassila

Writers:

Matti Kassila (story), Juha Nevalainen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tauno Palo ... Olavi Aitamaa
Gunvor Sandkvist Gunvor Sandkvist ... Helena Aitamaa
Helen Elde Helen Elde ... Irja Huurre / Ritva
Matti Oravisto ... Tuomari Rantanen / Kristian Haapanen
Risto Mäkelä Risto Mäkelä ... Mankela
Uuno Montonen Uuno Montonen ... Rovasti Svanholm
Anton Soini Anton Soini ... Tien laidalla makaava mies / Sokea kengännauhojen myyjä / Naurava mies kadulla / Professori Aitamaa
Paavo Hukkinen Paavo Hukkinen ... Laivaupseeri
Arttu Suuntala Arttu Suuntala ... Etsivä Maurila
Eila Pehkonen ... Nainen tullipaviljongissa
Pertti Palo Pertti Palo ... Nuori mies kioskilla
Liana Kaarina Liana Kaarina ... Kioskityttö
Tuukka Soitso Tuukka Soitso ... Mies tullipaviljongissa
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Storyline

Doctor Aitamaa is spending holiday with his family at their summer villa. He accidentally reads a letter that was meant to his wife. The letter is from another man. Aitamaa fallows his wife to the city and finds out that she has a lover. Later the wife is found killed and Aitamaa becomes the prime suspect. Written by RolfPavian

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

10 March 1961 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Den eldröda duvan See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Tauno Palo's final feature film. See more »

Quotes

Helena Aitamaa: For women it is very inportant to fit in to their dresses from the previous year.
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Finnish film noir
18 March 2006 | by henriwrSee all my reviews

Matti Kassila is surely one of the most talented and versatile directors in the Finnish cinema. He was able to make films that are entertaining as well as films that have huge artistic quality and he was familiar with almost every genre, such as crime, comedy and drama. Tulipunainen kyyhkynen (The Scarlet Dove) is one of his great thrillers. It is based on his dream that he once saw when he was thinking about a idea of a new film. A middle-aged doctor finds out that his wife is having an affair with another man. He fallows his wife to the city and sees how she meets her lover and how they make love on an empty stadium. That's too unbearable for the doctor to watch and he starts to wander in the nocturnal city, but for some reason comes back to the stadium and finds his wife murdered. He calls the cops, but suddenly becomes the prime suspect himself.

Tulipunainen kyyhkynen is one of the few Finnish thriller that has perfectly captured all the essential film noir elements: big city by night (Helsinki), deceitful woman, crime of passion, detectives in their long overcoats, fatalism, existentialistic cinematography (black and white of course)...Tulipunainen kyyhkynen has certain impulses of Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window (especially the plot), but also the Hitchcockian references are present in the film (a wrong man accused for the crime that he didn't commit). But the film avoids to be a straight plagiarized version of any of the great Hollywood film noir thrillers. It is too original to be anything like that.

Again Kassila has found the right actors for the right roles, Tauno Palo playing the middle-aged doctor in his last film appearance, Helen Elde playing a mysterious woman, Matti Oravisto playing the lover and Risto Mäkelä playing the sarcastic police lieutenant. And we cannot forget the great and clever script written by Juha Nevalainen, one of the best screenwriter of the old Finnish Cinema.


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