Noita palaa elämään

Noita palaa elämään (The Witch) is a Finnish horror film from 1952. It was directed by Roland af Hällstrom and produced by Mauno Mäkelä. The film is based on Mika Waltari's 1947 play of the same name.[1]

Noita palaa elämään
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Directed byRoland af Hällström
Produced byMauno Mäkelä
Written byViljo Hela
Kaarlo Nuorvala
Based onMika Waltari's play Noita palaa elämään
Music byTapio Ilomäki
CinematographyEsko Töyri
Edited byTapio Ilomäki
Nils Holm
Release date
  • 3 October 1952 (1952-10-03)
Running time
80 minutes


The film is considered to be one of the first Finnish horror movies, along with Linnaisten vihreä kamari (1945) and Valkoinen peura (1952).[2] The nudity scenes provoked a lot of controversy at the time, and helped the film to get sold to the United States and the West Germany. In Finland, 14 meters of the film was censored, including the line: "I want to hold a young warm body in my arms – in the meadow, among flowers naked, in the warmth of fire, in the warmth of blood".[3]


Noita palaa elämään won two Jussi Awards, one for Esko Töyri for best cinematography and another for Lauri Elo for best production design. Young actress Mirja Mane was both praised and criticized for her performance as the witch. The reception from female critics was mostly negative, while some of the male critics noted that Mane's performance reflected an obvious talent.[4][5]



  1. ^ "ELONET – Noita palaa elämään – Tekijätiedot". KAVA. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Suomalaisen elokuvan festivaali – Noita palaa elämään". Suomalaisen elokuvan festivaali. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Waltari valkokankaalla: Noita palaa elämään". Lasipalatsin mediakeskus. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  4. ^ "ELONET – Noita palaa elämään – Sisältötiedot". KAVA. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  5. ^ Rajala, Panu (1998). Noita palaa näyttämölle. Mika Waltari parrasvaloissa. Porvoo: WSOY. pp. 186–188. ISBN 951-0-23014-6.