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TAISTELUN TIE (The Road of the Battle) (1940) * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

Risto Orko Writers: Turo Kartto, Topo Leistelä | 1 more credit » Stars: Hilkka Helinä, Kyösti Kallio, Turo Kartto

Risto Orko's The Road of the Battle deals with the Winter War of 1939-40 between Finland and the USSR. It begins with military exercises in the Autumn of 1939 and moves on to the Soviet invasion; the battle for Karelia; the bombing of Helsinki and other Finnish cities; as well as the activities of the foreign press corps in Finland and the heroic efforts of Finnish women and the Red Cross in their treatment of the wounded. The film makes no attempt to hide its propagandistic tone and most of the film material was in fact provided by the Finnish Army for that very purpose. Nonetheless, when the film made its appearance in May 1940, shortly after Finland's defeat, very few of the country's inhabitants took issue with either its tone or blatant manipulation of the material to prepare for "the next round" (to come a little more than 13 months later).

DVD-R is in Finnish with hard-encoded English subtitles. Approx. 69 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!


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