In one of Tulio’s most brutal melodramas, Maija, an innocent country girl, is seduced, abandoned, and driven to prostitution. Tulio explores society’s double-standard while condemning the patriarchy’s perception of feminine sexuality. Heartbreaking from start to finish, right up until the Stella Dallas like finale. –BAM
Theodor Antonius Tugai (August 23, 1912 – June 8, 2000), better known as Teuvo Tulio, was a Finnish film director and actor. Beginning his career as an actor at the end of the silent era, Tulio turned to directing and producing in the 1930s. His films are noted for their extremely melodramatic style.Biography
Tulio was born as Theodor Antonius Tugai to a Turkish-Polish father and Persian-Latvian mother in Rēzekne, Latvia. Tugai spent the early part of his childhood in Latvia with his grandparents, before moving with his mother, who had married a Finn, to Helsinki, where his name was changed from Theodor to the more Finnish Teuvo.
At age fourteen, Tulio was the star of his fellow Russian expatriate Valentin Vaala’s film Mustat silmät (Black eyes), which was completed in 1929. Due to his “exotic” appearance, the young Tulio was sometimes referred to as Finland’s answer to Rudolph Valentino. His first work as director was the 1936 film Taistelu Heikkilän talosta… read more
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