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World Cinema Series: The Cross of Love / Rakkauden Risti

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The National Museum of Singapore presents its World Cinema Series, a monthly screening of works by the boldest and most inventive auteurs from the history of cinema.

Discover the wonders and possibilities of the art of cinema on the big screen – as it was meant to be seen. The film for July is Rakkauden Risti (The Cross of Love).

The Cross of Love / Rakkauden Risti
Teuvo Tulio | 1946 | Finland | 99 min | 35mm | NC16
In Finnish with English subtitles

Through the form of a ‘cautionary tale’, The Cross of Love tells the story of a naive lighthouse keeper’s daughter who longs for a life in the big city. One stormy night when a suave stranger is rescued from drowning by her father, she decides to elope with him to the city against her father’s wishes.

What transcends The Cross of Love above its genre is the wild energy that the director imbues in the film with scenes that dizzyingly alternate from the absurd to the sublime, creating a frenzied montage of sin and redemption that achieves an almost religious fervour.

Film print and stills courtesy of the National Audiovisual Archive (Finland). Special thanks to Satu Laaksonen.

Venue: National Museum, Gallery Theatre, Basement
Date: Tues 20 July 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Price: $9

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