Ilmari Unho

Ilmari Unho

Ilmari Unho (1906-10-221961-04-03) was a Finnish actor, film director and screenwriter. Unho was employed by Suomi-Filmi for most of his filmmaking career.

Unho was born in Uusikaupunki in 1906. He started his film career as an actor in the 1925 film "Pohjalaisia" and also played roles in "Meren kasvojen edessä" (1926) and "Kajastus" (1930) during his early career. He worked as a theatre manager and journalist until 1938 when he was hired by Suomi-Filmi, a company he would stay with for the remainder of his career.cite book|author=Peter von Bagh|authorlink=Peter von Bagh|title=Suomalaisen elokuvan uusi kultainen kirja|publisher=Otava|year=2005|language=Finnish| isbn=951-1-12705-5| pages=p. 514-516]

Initially Unho worked as a screenwriter. He wrote the scripts for "Jääkärin morsian" (1938) and "Aktivistit" (1939), but quickly transitioned into the director's chair, with the comedies "Punahousut" (1939) and "Kersantilleko Emma nauroi?" (1940). During his career Unho directed 26 films. [cite web| url=| title=Ilmari Unho|| language=Finnish| accessdate=2008-04-03] Among the most important of these were the biopics of author Aleksis Kivi and opera singer Abraham Ojanperä, "Minä elän" (1946) and "Ruusu ja kulkuri" (1948). The film historian Peter von Bagh also lists "Härmästä poikia kymmenen" (1950), "Pimeänpirtin hävitys" (1947), "Koskenkylän laulu" (1947) and "Kanavan laidalla" (1949) among the director's most notable works. Unho usually wrote the screenplays for his own films and continued to write scripts for other directors throughout his career.

Unho was married to the actress Kaisu Leppänen from 1927 to 1930. Later on he married another actress, Salli Karuna. Unho died in Pori in 1961, aged 54.


As a director:
* "Punahousut" (1939)
* "Kersantilleko Emma nauroi?" (1940)
* "Poikani pääkonsuli" (1940)
* "Poretta eli keisarin uudet pisteet" (1941)
* "Neljä naista" (1942)
* "Kuollut mies rakastuu" (1942)
* "Syntynyt terve tyttö" (1943)
* "Miehen kunnia" (1943)
* "Kirkastettu sydän" (1943)
* "Kuollut mies vihastuu" (1944)
* "Kartanon naiset" (1944)
* "Kolmastoista koputus" (1945)
* "Valkoisen neilikan velho" (1945)
* "Minä elän" (1946)
* "Pimeänpirtin hävitys" (1947)
* "Koskenkylän laulu" (1947)
* "Kilroy sen teki" (1948)
* "Ruusu ja kulkuri" (1948)
* "Kanavan laidalla Suomi" (1949)
* "Kalle-Kustaa Korkin seikkailut" (1949)
* "Härmästä poikia oli kymmenen" (1950)
* "Sadan miekan mies" (1951)
* "Kuisma ja Helinä" (1951)
* "Jees, olympialaiset", sanoi Ryhmy" (1952)
* "Rengasmatka eli Peräkylän pikajuna" (1952)
* "Sillankorvan emäntä" (1953)


External links

*imdb name|id=0881239|name=Ilmari Unho

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