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Runoilija ja muusa (1978)

Semi-fictitious biopic of Finnish poet Eino Leino, made with a large budget to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. The film concentrates on his relationships with first wife Freya... See full summary »

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Jaakko Pakkasvirta
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Esko Salminen Esko Salminen ... Eino Leino
Katja Salminen Katja Salminen ... Freya Schoultz
Elina Salo ... L. Onerva
Paavo Liski Paavo Liski ... Kasimir Leino
Pertti Palo Pertti Palo ... Artturi Lönnbohm
Marita Nordberg Marita Nordberg ... Freya's mother
Heidi Krohn ... Olga Lönnbohm
Kalle Holmberg Kalle Holmberg ... Akseli Gallén-Kallela
Henri Kapulainen Henri Kapulainen ... Jean Sibelius
Carl-Axel Heiknert ... Old Sibelius
Jaakko Pakkasvirta Jaakko Pakkasvirta ... Otto Manninen
Virpi Uimonen Virpi Uimonen ... Anni Swan
Leif Wager ... Manor host
Asta Backman Asta Backman ... Manor hostess
Anitta Niemi Anitta Niemi ... Manor daughter
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Semi-fictitious biopic of Finnish poet Eino Leino, made with a large budget to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. The film concentrates on his relationships with first wife Freya Schoultz and later muse, poetess L. Onerva. His friends include equally central figures of the Finnish cultural scene in the early 1900s, such as painters Halonen and Gallén-Kallela, and composer Sibelius. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

13 October 1978 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Poet and Muse See more »

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Filmityö See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Quotes

Freya Schoultz: [on their wedding night] What are you writing?
Eino Leino: A poem. About us.
Freya Schoultz: Is it in Finnish?
Eino Leino: Yes it is.
Freya Schoultz: Translate it to me!
Eino Leino: I cannot be translated.
Freya Schoultz: What's its title?
Eino Leino: "When we part".
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Great film about a great personality.
5 April 2003 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

A brilliant biopic of the most famous poet in Finland: Eino Leino.

But far from being an ordinary biopic, this one does not begin with his birth or even his childhood and it does not end with the death bed scene.

Oh no, Runoilija ja muusa is a film about what made Leino special. It is a film about his difficulties to live in the world he was born into. The film reveals the reasons why Leino was such a great poet.

Esko Salminen is great as Leino, Elina Salo is equally great in a smaller part as Leino's muse: poet L. Onerva. The period sets are impeccably made, including Leino's drinking buddies Sibelius and Gallen- Kallela. But most of all one must emphasize the vision of director Jaakko Pakkasvirta in having the courage to make a demanding film instead of a more conventional one.

Highly recommended.


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