White Reindeer, The

This stirring Lapp saga tells of the lusty Pirita (played by the director’s wife Mirjami Kuosmanen), ‘born a witch, evil spirits in her belly . . .’. Pirita lures one man after another to their doom, until she has a final confrontation with her beloved husband. Erik Blomberg’s direction, Kuosmanen’s athletic performance, and the spectacular outdoor photography, make this a classic of modern Finnish cinema, winning awards at Karlovy Vary and Cannes.

Dir: Erik Blomberg.
Finland, 1952.
73 mins.

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