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Tuntematon sotilas (1955)

It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the ... See full summary »

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Leo Riuttu ...
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Martti Romppanen ...
Sihvonen
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It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns - the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine's epic interpretation of Väinö Linna's war novel "Tuntematon Sotilas" is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history. Written by Peter Lagerstrom

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23 December 1955 (Finland)  »

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FIM 46,667,761 (estimated)
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When the film was shown in Russia for the first time ever (well after the downfall of the Soviet Union), it received a standing ovation from the audience. See more »

Quotes

Lehto: You fucking bastard! What are you making faces for?
Riitaoja: I'm not making faces, Corporal Sir!
Lehto: Corporal Sir! Corporal Sir! You won't get away with me by calling me 'Sir'!
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Referenced in SF-katsaus 8 (1956) See more »

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Kalinka
Russian traditional music, composed by Ivan Larionov (1860)
Lyrics by Ivan Larionov (Russian text, 1869)
Performed by Helena Vinkka
Music: Finnish traditional
Lyrics by Usko Kemppi
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A Gruesome Display
6 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Unknown Soldier is a cinematic epic as well as a Finnish film classic. Though I have never read the original novel its easy to see why many Finns find it so compelling. Also, generally as a film it is an extremely strong example of what Finnish cinema is capable of.

The movie is a grade-A example of a good war-film, that doesn't rely solely on gruesome imagery or battle footage, but is interesting because of its strong characterization. The characters in deed are the most memorable part of the movie, despite being somewhat over-blown. The over-all tone also varies nicely, between light-hearted humour as well as extremely bleak imagery.

In all the film has only two major weaknesses. First the slightly dragging narrative responsible for the over-all length of the film as well as occasional lack of authenticity. But even with these weaknesses the film delivers a powerful message.


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