Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In the Core of the Documentary Film 50: Destination Future - 1944-1947

Dokumentin ytimessä 50: Päämääränä tulevaisuus - dokumenttielokuva 1944-1947 / I dokumentärens kärna 50: Destination framtiden - dokumentärfilm 1944-1947. Curated by Ilkka Kippola and Jari Sedergren. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 24 March 2010.

An excellent and deeply moving programme, one of the best of the fifty in Ilkka Kippola and Jari Sedergren's magnificent project. Introduced by Jari Sedergren.

Digibeta compilation:
Kansa siirtyy rauhan töihin / [The People Moves On to Peacetime Reconstruction]. FI 1946. D: Holger Harrivirta.
J. K. Paasikivi. FI 1945. D: Holger Harrivirta.
Neuvostoliiton vientituotteiden näyttelyn avajaiset Helsingissä 24.8.1946 / [Opening of the Soviet Export Fair in Helsinki, 24 August 1946]. FI/SU 1946. PC: Continental. P: Veli J. Paasikivi.
Välirauhasta rauhaan 1947 [From Truce to Peace 1947]. FI 1947. D: Veli Tamminen.
Suomi kunnioittaa Leninin muistoa [Finland Honours the Memory of Lenin]. FI 1946. P: Continental. EX: Veli J. Paasikivi.- With footage of Matti Wuolukka who met Lenin in the 1905 party congress in Tampere where Lenin met Stalin.
Yleisradion päivä [A Day at the Finnish Broadcasting Company]. FI 1947. D: Holger Harrivirta.- A gem, also valuable as technical documentation.

On 35 mm:
Asuntopula [Housing Shortage]. FI 1947. For: SKDL. D: Holger Harrivirta. SC: Matti Kurjensaari. Commentary reader: Carl-Erik Creutz.- Propaganda for the left-wing party, yet with strong documentation on the poor conditions of living.
Suomen ja Neuvostoliiton kulttuurisuhteet alkavat [The Opening of the Cultural Relations between Finland and the Soviet Union]. FI 1945. PC: Continental. P: Veli J. Paasikivi. D+commentary read by: Roland af Hällström. - With footage of Vsevolod Pudovkin's visit to Helsinki.
Vägarna kring Rovaniemi / Lapin tuho [The Roads Around Rovaniemi / The Destruction of Lapland]. SE 1945. PC: Svensk Filmindustri. D: Brita Wrede. DP: Felix Forsman, Brita Wrede, Björn Soldan ja Hilding Flood). Commentary reader: Carl- Erik Creutz. In Swedish. - Finland fought three wars in 1939-1945. This is a stark documentary of the devastation of the last war, The Lapland War. With a deeply moving commentary. The final image: a Laplander family heads towards the barren mire, full of hope for the future.

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