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Preludes to Ecstasy (1961)

Kuu on vaarallinen (original title)
Young Elsie runs away from home. She get a lift by an older man who takes her out to his country villa. They begin a sexual relationship while the young Reino also shows interest in Elsie.

Director:

T.J. Särkkä

Writers:

Hans Severinsen (novel), T.J. Särkkä
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arvi Järvinen Arvi Järvinen ... Mies bussipysäkillä
Liana Kaarina Liana Kaarina ... Elsie Pettinen
Heimo Karppinen Heimo Karppinen ... Mies bussipysäkillä
Varma Lahtinen Varma Lahtinen ... Taloudenhoitaja
Åke Lindman ... Nimismies
Toivo Mäkelä ... Sten Lehtoja
Rose-Marie Precht Rose-Marie Precht ... Maija
Kaisu Puuska Kaisu Puuska ... Radiojuontaja (voice) (as Kaisu Puuska-Joki)
Ellen Pyhälä Ellen Pyhälä ... Nainen kuistilla
Irja Rannikko Irja Rannikko ... Nainen bussipysäkillä
William Reunanen William Reunanen ... Mies bussipysäkillä
Laila Rihte Laila Rihte ... Nainen bussipysäkillä
Eero Roine Eero Roine ... Kauppias Tuomainen
Anita Saarikallio Anita Saarikallio ... Siivooja
Esko Salminen Esko Salminen ... Reino Tuomainen
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Young Elsie runs away from home. She get a lift by an older man who takes her out to his country villa. They begin a sexual relationship while the young Reino also shows interest in Elsie.

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He liked 'em young...She liked 'em all!


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Details

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

16 April 1962 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Prelude to Ecstasy See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Aga-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sold to 36 countries, mostly because of it's nudity and sexual scenes which were very rare to Finnish film in 1960's. See more »

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Remake of Possession (1944) See more »

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An atmospheric indian summer triangle drama.
5 April 2003 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

Decent melodrama from the studio era.

Liana Kaarina plays a vamp- like young vagrant hitch hiker, who gets a ride from older industrialist who consequently takes her to his summer house to be his mistress. She takes full advantage of the situation and plans a prosperous marriage when she meets a young man while skinny dipping...

Surprisingly fresh effort from (the biggest studio mogul of Finland) Särkkä, who (with great help from the master cinematographer Olavi Tuomi) succeeds in creating a suitably sleazy atmosphere to unfold the drama in.

This one was a big success at first release and was sold to 32 countries. Mostly because of the nude swimming, I presume...


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