Risto Orko

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Risto Orko
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Born Risto Eliel William Orko
(1899-09-15)15 September 1899
Rauma, Finland
Died 29 September 2001(2001-09-29) (aged 102)
Helsinki, Finland
Occupation film producer and director

Risto Eliel William Orko (originally Nylund) (15 September 1899, Rauma – 29 September 2001, Helsinki) was a Finnish film producer and director.

With a career of over 60 years at the film studio Suomi-Filmi, Orko rose to be head of production and chief director in the 1930s. He became its CEO in 1945. In the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Suomi-Filmi produced hundreds of films and numerous shorts.

In the years 1933-43, Orko directed many films, including two (Aktivistit and Jääkärin Morsian), which were banned for being "overly patriotic". He also had a joint cooperation with the German film industry during World War II. Orko also directed a Finnish-Soviet co-production, released into the American market with subtitles, entitled The Day the Earth Froze in 1959.

His death at age 102 was received with great sadness in his native Finland and he was thereafter known as the "last Finnish Film Tycoon".

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