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Gladiator (1969)

Original title: Gladiaator

Based on the novel "The Windy Shore" Part III by Aadu Hint

Feature film | Drama Duration 94:07


Joonas and Tiidrik are two men from the island of Saaremaa who recklessly escape from the German prison during the First World War. Yet, there are no peaceful times in their home country. Joonas has hard times when coming back home - his efforts to improve the living conditions of his family will fail. It is namely the successful people who betray Joonas so that he has to face a real gladiator fight in order to understand the important things in life.

Director: Veljo Käsper

Keywords: turpitude | losing a loved one | first love | pretending to be insane | asylum | World War I | broken illusions | infantrymen | church service | mine | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Duration 94:07


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Director Veljo Käsper
Screenwriter Aadu Hint | Aleksandr Borštšagovski
Cinematographer Mihhail Dorovatovski
Art Director Jüri Arrak
Costume Designer Hilda Kruusi
Composer Jaan Rääts
Editor Vera Parvel | Aino Lootus
Content Editor Grigori Skulski
Writer of Adapted Work Aadu Hint
Managing Director Virve Lunt


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Arnold Sikkel - Medical assistant Mägar | Valdeko Ratassepp - Gustav Vikström | Aleksander Mälton - Merchant Tammeorg

First releases

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  • in cinema: 05.09.1969, Tallinn, Estonia

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  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
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  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm