I received a package from Vinegar Syndrome today with a giant stack of discs. After flipping through the pile, I settled on Deaf Crocodile’s restored Sampo. I was particularly interested after backing their upcoming Solomon King restoration. And so, I settled in to check out Aleksandr Ptushko’s “Sampo” (1959). Or, as the American release is called, “The Day The Earth Froze”

I went into this totally blind and enjoyed myself. It’s a Finnish/Soviet production of some Finnish folklore or mythology if I understand it correctly. Mythology always interests me. Someone really believed this stuff at some point.