Lumberjacks and Logrollers – The Song of the Scarlet Flower (Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta)
$12 General Admission
** Co-presented with Department of Scandinavian Studies Finnish Studies Program at UW and Nordic Museum **
The first truly Finnish adaptation of Johannes Linnankoski’s eponymous novel can be found in Teuvo Tulio’s The Song of the Scarlet Flower, which, unlike its sound predecessors, is spoken in Finnish. The film was seen as a historical event and the Finnish critics could not get enough of the powerful river landscapes that characterize the film. The film was deemed “wordless and violent,” and “carried forward by the genuine Finnish temperament.” Kaarlo Oksanen became an icon of Finnish cinema for his role as the womanizing anti-hero, Olavi Koskela, especially since Oksanen’s career was cut short when he became a casualty of the Second World War. Teuvo Tulio developed a distinctively excessive melodramatic style that was influenced by German Expressionism and makes for beautifully decorative landscapes and highly intense acting performances.
About the curator:
Dr. Vito Adriaensens is a film historian and filmmaker who teaches film at Columbia University in New York and is a researcher at the University of Antwerp. He is the author of the upcoming Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema (2019), the co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (2017), and is on the Executive Committee of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema. He has programmed Scandinavian cinema in New York and Belgium, and has written on the marvels of Danish and Swedish early cinema in Kosmorama, the journal of the Danish Film Institute; in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. He is preparing books on the Tableau Vivant across the arts, and the Finnish Lumberjack Film.