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  • Actors: Sakari Kuosmanen, Kati Outinen, André Wilms, Markku Peltola, Elina Salo
  • Directors: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Writers: Aki Kaurismäki, Juhani Aho
  • Producers: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Finnish
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sandrew Metronome
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000E8REIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Finland released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Finnish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Finnish ( Mono ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: Aki Kaurismaki's Juha is the fourth adaptation of this love triangle involving a woman and two men. The original story took place in the 18th century and revolved around a former servant girl, Marja, who is married to plain, simple-minded and older Juha, but in love with Russian salesman and 'Casanova' Shemeikka. Kaurismaki's story is set in the late 1970's, shot silent and furnished with captions to disclose the dialogue. It is meant to be watched with live music, preferably with the score's composer Anssi Tikanmaki conducting his own orchestra. Absence of sound (dialogue) is not really new for Kaurismaki, whose 1990 masterpiece Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö/The Match Factory Girl took 17 minutes before a word was uttered. Instead of imitating silent movies, Kaurismaki placed his version of Juha at the moment of the history of silent film when some sound could be used. Acting style and images start somewhere in the late 1920's and towards the end slowly move into the '50's B-movie style. With Timo Salmien behind the lenses, who has been collaborating as cinematographer with Aki and brother Mika Kaurismaki since 1981, and some of the regular cast (such as André Wilms, Elina Salo, Sakari Kuosmanen and Kati Outinen), Juha is distinctively a Kaurismaki film. Published in 1911, well-known Finnish author Juhani Aho's tragic drama has been filmed three times before. The first was Johan in 1920 by Mauritz Stiller, who staged it in provincial Sweden (which was a strange locale for the Finnish audiences). The second, Juha, was brought to screen in 1937 by Nyrki Tapiovaara, who was faithful to the script, but the ...Juha

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Welsh on 16 April 2006
Format: DVD
This box set contains 4 classic Kaurismäki films: Hamlet Goes Business (which is in Finnish), I Hired a Contract Killer (in English), Bohemian Life (French) and Juha (Silent).

Hamlet Goes Business is (as you might have guessed!) a version of Hamlet set in the world of Finnish business. The plot, needless to say, is exemplary but the adaption is brilliant, and combined with great performances and incredibly beautiful black and white cinematography make this a truly outstanding film. Highly recommended for fans of either Shakespeare or Kaurismäki.

I Hired a Contract Killer is set in London and, typically for Kaurismäki, focuses on an outsider, Frenchman Henri Boulanger (played to perfection by French New Wave favorite Jean-Pierre Léaud). Boulanger loses his job, becomes depressed, tries to kill himself, fails, takes out a contract on his own life - but then falls in love... The premise is wonderfully simple and the film provides the combination of dramatic intensity, quirky love story and black humour that make Kaurismäki such an enjoyable filmmaker to watch. The visuals are, as always, both outstanding and instantly recognisable.

Bohemian Life is set in Paris, and follows three artists trying to live the Bohemian Life, and struggling with the poverty that being an unsuccessful artist brings. Not Kaurismäki at his best perhaps, but eminantly watchable.

Juha is Kaurismäki's take on a classic Finnish silent film.
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1999. Written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Four nominations for the Finnish Academy awards. No words, only music, filmed in black & white. It's not a silent movie, it's simply a masterpiece of one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers. Indispensable.
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