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By Michael Eaton

ISBN-10: 0851705324

ISBN-13: 9780851705323

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In the mid-1980s, Helsinki had some half a million inhabitants while the number was over four million in Leningrad and over eight million in Moscow. The body double in question was a somewhat Lilliputian one. Cinematic cities are more than settings: they are actors in the Latourian sense of the term in a network of people, objects, technologies and stories. These networks generate effects that are not always predictable. As viewers, we are part of this network and the resonances to which it gives rise.

Red brick buildings similarly dating back to the Russian rule at the Pasila rail yard play a central role in Gorky Park. Watching these films one after another, the reappearance of the same buildings and streets become impossible to miss. The building that is the KGB headquarters in Telefon is the site of the Russian Revolution in Reds (this is a scene notably reminiscent of the storming of the Winter Palace in Sergei Eisenstein's October, a film based on the book Ten days that Shook the World by John Reed, the main protagonist of Reds).

The Kaisaniemi Park is rather small in comparison, as the scale of the Finnish National Museum is equally unimpressive. Dating back to the early twentieth century, the museum bears little resemblance to the multi-layered architecture of the Kremlin, or the decorative qualities of the Spasskaya tower with its ruby star introduced during the Stalin era. A similar stripping down of scale Cinematic Soviet and volume is evident Helsinki is sorely in most films featuring lacking in the iconic Helsinki as body and the spectacular: double for Moscow and St Petersburg, it is small, grey, films like The Kremlin worn, and unable Letter (John Huston, to impress with 1970), Telefon (1977), sights that would Reds (Don Siegel, 1981) be instantaneously and The Jigsaw Man recognizable to (Terence Young, 1985).

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