Friday, January 01, 1971

RANDOM MEMORIES OF FILMS SEEN 1964-1968, TAMPERE AND HELSINKI

SPRING 1965 IN TAMPERE, SINCE AUTUMN 1965 IN HELSINKI
Tarzan's New York Adventure
/ Tarzan suurkaupungissa. US 1942
Tarzan and His Mate / Tarzan ja valkoinen nainen. US 1934. The first time I saw a nude woman on screen.
Fort Apache / Apassilinnake. US 1948. Probably my first John Ford movie
Rio Grande / Rio Grande. US 1950. D: John Ford
Gold Rush / Kultakuume. US 1925. Probably my first Charles Chaplin movie
Saboteur / Viidennen kolonnan mies. US 1942. Probably my first Alfred Hitchcock movie
Výnalez zkázy / Salaisuuksien saari. CZ 1947. D: Karel Zeman. Jules Verne
Mary Poppins / Maija Poppanen. US 1964. Walt Disney. P.L. Travers. Viewed in Helsinki, at Sininen Kuu
The Sword in the Stone / Miekka kivessä. US 1963. Walt Disney. King Arthur's tales
Rebecca / Rebecca. US 1940. D: Alfred Hitchcock
Heidi / Heidi. US 1937. Shirley Temple. D: Allan Dwan. Johanna Spyri. - And other Shirley Temple films on tv.
The African Queen / Afrikan Kuningatar. GB/US 1951. D: John Huston. Probably my first Humphrey Bogart movie. With Katharine Hepburn
Casablanca / Casablanca. US 1942. D: Michael Curtiz. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
Smultronstället / Mansikkapaikka. SE 1957. Probably my first Ingmar Bergman movie. The film that started my serious, life-long interest in the cinema. Seen in the cinema together with my father.
Citizen Kane / Citizen Kane. US 1940. Probably my first Orson Welles movie
I Confess / Minä tunnustan. US 1952. D: Alfred Hitchcock. Viewed in Helsinki on tv in May 1967 the same night I visited my mother and my newborn sister Anukaisa at the delivery hospital.
2001: A Space Odyssey / Avaruusseikkailu 2001. GB/US 1968. Probably my first Stanley Kubrick movie. Viewed in Helsinki at Cinerama Savoy
Här har du ditt liv / Tässä on elämäsi. SE 1966. D: Jan Troell. Eyvind Johnson. An important film for me then.
In the Heat of the Night / Yön kuumuudessa. US 1967. D: Norman Jewison. Starring Sidney Poitier. Probably the first anti-racist film, the first film of black pride I saw. Important.
Bend of the River /Maa vuorten takana. US 1952. Probably the first Anthony Mann / James Stewart film I saw. Engrossing.
The Glenn Miller Story / Kuutamoserenadi. US 1954. Anthony Mann / James Stewart
The Mark of Zorro / Zorron merkki. US 1940. D: Rouben Mamoulian. Tyrone Power.
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several Tarzan films
+ Disney movies (including 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea / Sukellusveneellä maapallon ympäri. US 1954. D: Richard Fleischer. Jules Verne)
+ adventure films (King Solomon's Mines /Kuningas Salomon kaivokset, US 1950, D: Compton Bennett & Andrew Marton. H. Rider Haggard; Moby Dick / Valkoinen valas , GB 1956, D: John Huston. Herman Melville.
+ comedies (Charles Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Marx Brothers, maybe something from Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Jerry Lewis, the Danish duo Fy & Bi = Pat & Patachon = Majakka & Perävaunu, something from the Finnish duo Pekka & Pätkä)
+ a silent comedy compilation series on tv which started with a hilarious Keystone Kops clip: the policemen were dragged along the streets in a very long row by a speeding police car, and in an abrupt turn they wound around a pole like a chain of sausages
+ spectacles (The Great Race / Suuri kilpa-ajo. US 1965. D: Blake Edwards)
+ Finnish movies (Niskavuoren Heta / Heta from Niskavuori, FI 1952, D: Edvin Laine. Hella Wuolijoki. - Katariina ja Munkkiniemen kreivi / Katariina and the Count of Munkkiniemi, FI 1943, D: Ossi Elstelä. Regina Linnanheimo, Tauno Palo. - Seitsemän veljestä /Seven Brothers. FI 1939. D: Wilho Ilmari. Aleksis Kivi. - The Inspector Palmu films directed by Matti Kassila, based on Mika Waltari, starring Joel Rinne: Komisario Palmun erehdys / [The Rygseck Mystery], FI 1960. Kaasua, komisario Palmu! / [Who Murdered Mrs. Skrof?], FI 1961. Tähdet kertovat, komisario Palmu / [It's Written in the Stars, Inspector Palmu], FI 1962). - Vatsa sisään, rinta ulos! / [Belly In, Chest Out!], FI 1959, D: Aarne Tarkas, military farce with cross-dressing. - Skandaali tyttökoulussa / [Scandal at Girl School], FI 1960, D: Edvin Laine. - Pitkäjärveläiset / [The People of Pitkäjärvi], FI 1951, D: Wilho Ilmari. - Nummisuutarit / The Village Shoemakers. FI 1938. D: Wilho Ilmari. Aleksis Kivi. - Täällä Pohjantähden alla / Under the North Star. FI 1968. D: Edvin Laine. Väinö Linna. etc. etc.
+ The Old Man and the Sea / Vanhus ja meri. US 1958. D: John Sturges. Ernest Hemingway. Spencer Tracy. on tv
+ Professor Beware / Huomio, professori! US 1938. D: Elliott Nugent. My first Harold Lloyd film. TV1 20 Feb 1964
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NB: in my childhood on tv silents were almost always shown at overspeed (25 fps), with the wrong gate (heads cut from the top, the left side of the image cropped), copied from terrible prints, and accompanied by a piano out of tune; the films were casually mutilated to fit tv slots; tv was black-and-white in my childhood

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