Saturday, July 13, 2013

Finnish cinema

I have to admit that I know fairly little about Finnish cinema. As I understand it, Finland was used a couple of times as a stand-in for the Soviet Union, back in the days when Western film crews obviously couldn't get into the USSR. Helsinki stood in for Moscow in Gorky Park, while the cold Finnish winter jserved as a setting for the Soviet winter scenes in Doctor Zhivago. But of course these aren't actually Finnish movies. So it was mildly interesting to see an article about the AFI running a series of crime movies based on writers from the entire Nordic region.

Several of the movies have already aired, but the series is running through September, at the AFI Silver Theater just outside Washington DC. Which, of course, means that I'm not going to be able to get down there for the movies. Most of the movies are actually from the Nordic countries, although some are from elsewhere, and only based on books written by Nordic authors, such as The Laughing Policeman.

I see that the Silver Theater is also in the middle of a series on Alfred Hitchcock's silent movies.

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