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Names Engraved in Marble (2002)

Nimed marmortahvlil (original title)
This movie is about the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920), specifically the students fighting on the nationalist side, but also shown the conflict between two ideologies (Estonian nationalism and communism).

Director:

Elmo Nüganen

Writers:

Albert Kivikas (novel), Elmo Nüganen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priit Võigemast Priit Võigemast ... Henn Ahas
Indrek Sammul Indrek Sammul ... Ants Ahas
Hele Kõre Hele Kõre ... Marta
Alo Kõrve Alo Kõrve ... Käsper
Ott Aardam Ott Aardam ... Kohlapuu
Karol Kuntsel Karol Kuntsel ... Martinson
Anti Reinthal Anti Reinthal ... Tääker
Ott Sepp Ott Sepp ... Mugur
Mart Toome Mart Toome ... Miljan
Argo Aadli Argo Aadli ... Konsap
Bert Raudsep Bert Raudsep ... Käämer (as Bert Raudsepp)
Jaan Tätte Jaan Tätte ... Captain
Hannes Kaljujärv Hannes Kaljujärv ... Militia unit leader
Peter Franzén ... Sulo Kallio
Guido Kangur Guido Kangur ... Karakull
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Based on a 1935 novel about the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920) that ensured Estonia's independence, the film tells about a group of students heading to the front to fight the army of Soviet Russia but also to fight alongside their army. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

Estonia | Finland

Language:

Estonian | German | Finnish

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Márványba vésett nevek See more »

Filming Locations:

Tartu, Estonia

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Budget:

EEK 24,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There's a surfaced road in one scene, but in Tartu in 1918 there were no tarmac roads. See more »

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It is what it was
21 December 2006 | by increatorSee all my reviews

To rate this movie fairly, you have to know near non-existing Estonian cinematography and how underfunded it is.

This particular movie, built up to pure shock value, accomplishes its mission extremely well. There's no clear story, time-line or explanation to most of things - and that's what the Civil war was - big confusion, fear and terror. The actors, young as they are, play very well, they act just like they're supposed to act - pure, childish and confused. I think that older, professional actors wouldn't portray those characters that well.

Don't expect anything Western here, it's a movie about particular thing and stays in its frames. All Nüganen's attempts to incorporate something Hollywoodish fail miserably here and that's probably only bad thing about this movie - the fact that he sometimes tried.

For an Estonian or maybe even Scandinavian, it's a must-see. For others, clear your mind and open yourself to something different, or you'll be disappointed.


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