Innocent girl gets lead astray by Lothario, not only into adultery, because he's already married, but devilish drink, too. Lothario's good friend, the fine upstanding seaman takes a fancy ... See full summary »
The daughter of a lighthouse keeper runs away with a shipwrecked businessman to the city. But instead of her dreams, she finds herself selling herself in the streets, until a painter finds her as an ideal model for his next painting.
A girl who moves to the city after her fiancé lacks the courage to face his father ,who is against their relationship. In the city the girls winds up being abused by men, giving birth to a child and supporting herself on prostitution.
A happy and spirited lady is being courted by two gentlemen. Eventually she marries the other and leads a content family life - until through unlikely events she ends up in a prison, suffering from amnesia.
Lead actor, Kaarlo Oksanen, was killed on military service in the second of Finland's two conflicts, the Continuation' war ('41 to '45), during the European second world war period, after this film was made in its inter-war period (i.e. after the first 'Winter' war, 39-'40.) See more »
A man would rather lay next to driftwood in a ditch than in bed next to you!
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A melodrama that wouldn't have disgraced King Vidor
I first came across Teuvo Tulio in a piece of silent tosh called, in English, "The Gypsy Charmer". I thought at the time there was a touch of the Valentino's about him albeit younger, (he was only 17 at the time), and camper. He subsequently went on to a fairly lengthy career as a director of outrageous melodramas of which "Unelma Karjamajala" is one. It's a tale of rural passions that wouldn't disgrace King Vidor and, though made in 1940, the images look like they might have come from silent cinema while some of the situations could have come straight out of Griffith. Indeed the film's dramatic highlight is silent except for the music score. It was never likely that any of the cast , who emote in capital letters, would ever go on to international stardom, (sadly leading man Kaarlo Oksanen was killed the following year), yet all the performances are perfectly in keeping with the material while the cinematography, credited to Felix Forsman, Armas Fredman and Eino Heino, is often outstanding.
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