- Viimne reliikvia
name = Viimne reliikvia (The Last Relic)
music = Tõnu Naissoo, Uno Naissoo
editing = Virve Laev, V. Payev
released = -
1969 Estonian SSR, USSR
3 September 1971( Finland)
15 March 2002re-release ( Estonia)
Estonian SSR, USSR
language = Estonian
imdb_id = tt0065180
"Viimne reliikvia" (Estonian for "The last relic") is a 1969
Estonian movie adaptation of Vürst Gabriel ehk Pirita kloostri viimsed päevad(Estonian for "Furst Gabriel or The last days of Pirita monastery"), a historical novelby Eduard Bornhöhe. The movie became extremely popular, and some critics consider it the only Estonian cult movie. [ Sulev Teinemaa: [http://www.temuki.ee/arhiiv/arhiiv_vana/Kino/01veebr_k2.htm "Viimne reliikvia" kolmkümmend aastat hiljem] ]
A typical live action movie of the era had a standardised budget of 350,000
roubles. As a special case, the team of Viimne reliikviamanaged to haggle themselves a budget of 750,000 roubles — more than double the customary. This lavishness paid off very well, as within the very first year, 772,000 tickets were sold in Estonia only. (Remarkably, Estonia's population at that time was around 1,200,000.) The movie set the absolute box office record for the entire Soviet Union at the time by selling 44,9 million tickets. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=loCDXm_Ar58C&pg=PA325&dq=Last+Relic+absolute+box+office&sig=ACfU3U1PuHZmoYs8zDYWR1Yn5J2MuyIdTw Bridging the Cultural Divide By Sigrid Rieuwerts; p. 325] ] [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065180/business Box office for Viimne reliikvia @ IMDB] ] It was successfully distributed by the Soviet film export internationally in more than 60 countries.
The movie is set during a
Livonian Warera peasant uprising. A central plot device is the Pirita monastery, a real monastery dedicated to St. Brigitta. Currently, the monastery's original medieval buildings lie in ruins and are kept that way as a museum, but an organisational structure, complete with nuns, was restored after the end of Soviet occupation.
Scenes for the movie were recorded in
TallinnOld Town, passages of the Dominican monastery of Tallinn, Taevaskoda, as well as other places. A mock monastery was built in Kukerand, near Virtsu. Several outdoors scenes were taken in Latvia, near the Gaujariver. Indoors scenes were, among other places, taken in the fortressof Kuressaareand the Tallinn church of St. Nicholas.
Russian languageversion, somewhat different in its composition, was also edited, for displaying outside Estonia. This version is 89 minutes in length.
2000, the Estonian Film Foundationand Tallinnfilmdetermined Viimne reliikviato be an important part of Estonian cultural heritage, and in order to preserve it, undertook a digital remastering. This became the first digitally remastered Estonian movie; others followed.
The digital copy was re-launched on
15 March 2002, and again, became a bestseller. As of 2007, the remastered movie is available on DVD.
The movie became extremely influential, and as such, has been repeatedly
lampooned. As one notable example, in 1992, during the early capitalismdeveloping in the aftermath of Perestroika, Ivar Viglaprepared a brief parody for Wigla Show, featuring quotes such as "We don't get paid for chitchat" ( _et. Meil lobisemise eest kõvas ei maksta) and "What will become of us? — A joint venture." ( _et. Mis meist saab? — Ühisettevõte.) Many of these parody quotes became independently popular, and then, in turn, became lampooned in other venues, such as Armastus kolme apelsini vastu. [ [http://users.tkk.fi/~andres/vr_vigla.htm Transcript of Vigla's parody] ] Also, several parodies of the movie's songs have been circulated in the Internet.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065180/ Viimne reliikvia (1969)] at
* [http://www.zone.ee/stemugram/failid/viimnereliikvia.html Transcript]
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