Lumberjacks and Logrollers The Song of the Scarlet Flower (Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta)
Sun Jul 14: 6.00pm
Series - Lumberjacks and Logrollers: Icons of Finnish Cinema
** Co-presented with Department of Scandinavian Studies Finnish Studies Program and Nordic Museum **
The first truly Finnish adaptation of Johannes Linnankoskis eponymous novel can be found in Teuvo Tulios The Song of the Scarlet Flower, which, unlike its sound predecessors, is spoken in Finnish. The film was seen as a historical event and the Finnish critics could not get enough of the powerful river landscapes that characterize the film. The film was deemed wordless and violent, and carried forward by the genuine Finnish temperament. Kaarlo Oksanen became an icon of Finnish cinema for his role as the womanizing anti-hero, Olavi Koskela, especially since Oksanens career was cut short when he became a casualty of the Second World War. Teuvo Tulio developed a distinctively excessive melodramatic style that was influenced by German Expressionism and makes for beautifully decorative landscapes and highly intense acting performances.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122