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The Year 1939 is an exemplary reconstruction of an historical turning point. Time and again, the images and the remembered stories, the songs and the faces of actors, politicians and ... See full summary »

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Peter von Bagh

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Peter von Bagh
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Credited cast:
Kaija Blom Kaija Blom ... Self
Karl-August Fagerholm Karl-August Fagerholm ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Self (voice) (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Sirkka Haikonen Sirkka Haikonen ... Self
Veikko Hirvonen Veikko Hirvonen ... Self
Adolf Hitler ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Helvi Hämäläinen Helvi Hämäläinen ... Self
Veikko Itkonen Veikko Itkonen ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Martti Jukola Martti Jukola ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Kyösti Kallio Kyösti Kallio ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Aaro Kolehmainen Aaro Kolehmainen ... Self
Aku Korhonen ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Unto Korhonen Unto Korhonen ... Self
Martti Koski Martti Koski ... Self
Jussi Koskiluoma Jussi Koskiluoma ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
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The Year 1939 is an exemplary reconstruction of an historical turning point. Time and again, the images and the remembered stories, the songs and the faces of actors, politicians and millions like us, just refuse to add up to a vision that is whole and clear - here, something is always askew. History is the abyss staring back, and looking none too happy. A profound meditation on doubt and sorrow. Written by Maniac_In_Black

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Features Aktivistit (1939) See more »

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Kalevala-sarja op. 23, I osa Maan synty
Composed by Uuno Klami
Performed by Finlandia-orkesteri
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Documentary film about the year of Winter War, a Finnish Holy War.
10 May 2005 | by sedergrenSee all my reviews

Documentary film about the year of Winter War, a Finnish Holy War.

If you have to elect one film wizard in Finland, probably 90 % of votes will be given to director Peter von Bagh, who has been a number one speaker for film in Finland since 1960's.

Year 1939 had been very important for Finnish books and plays, but never before films year were used to give an impression how the world was before the war. 28 interviews, all from different viewpoints of life and society, fulfill the trends and ideas presented in compilated scenes.

Original idea was to produce a compilation film that is not concentrating that much to Winter War. Only after von Bagh learned the richness of newsreels the form of film came clear: "Reality won over the fictitious. After waiting eagerly the opening of the Olympic Games in 1940, everything turned suddenly to cold realism of war", von Bagh explained later. That is the reason why in the second half of film the archive films are mostly news reels of Suomi-Filmi.


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Country:

Finland

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Finnish

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9 April 1993 (Finland) See more »

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Vuosi 1939 See more »

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