Tietokoneet Palvelevat / Computers
At Our Service
Directed by Risto Jarva
Finland, 1968, 14 min, 35 mm
During 1966-72, the illustrious Finnish
production company Filminor was commissioned by a national bank
to make a series of educational films, for which they hired some
of the top names in the field. The films were to adress issues
such as urbanization, equal rights for sexes, environmental problems,
and the depopulation of the countryside.
The futuristic aesthetics of Computers
At Our Service are distinctly atypical for a Finnish movie.
It offers an illustrative account of the history of computers,
the prospects for the future, and the risks within, such as they
presented themselves in 1968. An unusually convincing voice-over
track accentuates the ever-so-topical promulgation against the
dangers of monotonous office work and computer totalitarianism.
The power of the period piece is further enhanced by beautiful
cinematography and Erkki Kurenniemis electronic soundtrack.
The film reaches its apex of surrealism in the interior scenes,
in which a team of alienated micro-serfs toil away
in a synthetic plastic set as a ponderous symbol of the soul of
A year later director Risto Jarva took
his futuristic themes even further in the ambitious psychological
sci-fi movie Ruusujen aika. MT
Computers At Our Service will
be screened at the Kiasma Theatre on Thursday Nov 8, at 5 pm and
8 pm, followed by the printer symphony by [The
Thursday 8.11.2001 - Kiasma Theatre
17:00 - Screening of Computers At Our
20:00 - Screening of Computers
At Our Service