Casper ja kielletty elokuva

Casper and the Forbidden Movie

Domestic title:
Casper ja kielletty elokuva
Klas Fransberg
Klas Fransberg
Mats Långbacka / Interprod Oy
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In 1948, the Finnish Baron Casper Wrede (1929–1998) meets an extraordinary man in a café in Oslo. The man is called Amund Hönningstad. Amund is a philosopher who tells the young Casper Wrede that, in the future, politics and religion would lose their importance, being replaced by theatre. That is when the great mystery would be passed on to the next generation through actors alone. Upon hearing this, Wrede decides to became a maker of theatre and moves to London. He begins studying theatre at the renowned drama school of the Old Vic, where he meets such famous British actors as Laurence Olivier, Tom Courtney and James Maxwell.

Wrede also made films. His landmark works were Ransom, starring Sean Connery, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which is based on the novel of the same name by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was banned in Finland, the director´s home country, for foreign policy reasons.

Eventually Casper Wrede became one of the founding members of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in the UK. The theatre resembles the spacecraft Sputnik and is located in the world’s largest room inside another building, the old cotton exchange in Manchester, where it still operates to this day.
<be> The documentary traces the footsteps of Casper Wrede, meets some of his old colleagues and tries to find out why One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is still banned in Finland.
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