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19 January 2019: Inspector Palmu’s Error


Inspector Palmu’s Error
Matti Kassila, 1960, 109 min
Finnish with English subtitles

An indisputable classic, and the first adaptation to feature the fictional detective created by the esteemed Finnish author Mika Waltari, best known for his historical books. The story revolves around the murder of a member of upper class, only to reveal a complicated web of blackmail and corruption. Known for its splendid documentary images of Helsinki, the film mixes "elements of comedy with scenes that would fit in more with the most intense of expressionist horror".  Due to its unprecedented success, three sequels followed throughout the 1960s.

Part of Antti Alanen and Ehsan Khoshbakht's Masterpieces of Finnish Cinema season