Eagle

Eino Ruutsalo

The film conveys modern dance impulses in the shape of an eagle that flies free and proud high above. Contrasts of black and white vary in intensive rhythms and flashing images that become united in a ballet of pictures at the same time as the increasing rhythm of the dancer grows to a lofty flight. At the climax of the flight, the bullet reaches the bird, which tumbles down from the heights and the image scatters as a dream of lasting freedom.

Production Year
1962
Duration
00:07:04
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Kotka
Finnish Title

Kotka

English Title

Eagle

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Eino Ruutsalo (Author), Eino Ruutsalo (Cinematographer), Otto Donner (Composer), Eino Ruutsalo (Director), Eino Ruutsalo (Producer), Eino Ruutsalo (Script), Riitta Vainio (Choreographer)
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Eino Ruutsalo

Born: 1921

Eino Ruutsalo (1921–2001) studied painting and drawing in Parsons School of Design in New York (1949–50) and Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (1952–53). He was one of the most prominent pioneers in Finnish visual and kinetic arts. He was a filmmaker, painter, sculptor and a visual poet. He is well-known for his experimental short films such as Kinetic Pictures (1962). He shot his debut film in New York in the early 1950s. Ruutsalo also directed a series of feature films inspired by the French New Wave movement. Image: Pentti Pietinen / Eino Ruutsalo archive