Thursday, January 15, 2009

Frisky Finns

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

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Whether they're melodramas or weather reports, the 30s and 40s films of the Finnish director Teuvo Tulio were among last year's most interesting cinematic rediscoveries; tonight through Sunday, "re-rediscover" the films at Anthology — each of the heavily titled The Song of the Scarlet Flower, In the Fields of Dreams, The Way You Wanted Me and Cross of Love screen three times. Tulio's small-town and big-city sexual cautionary tales are told in a broad, almost primitive style, with earnest performances and an intense sensuality arising from Tulio's communion with nature: his favorite storytelling device is a cut to a rainstorm, a plowed field, a blooming flower, a rushing river. Sexytime.

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