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2 July 1994 (Finland) See more »
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A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 35 – Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys
 (From CriterionCast. 22 October 2015, 5:00 AM, PDT)

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Cast

 
Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble ... Choir
Atte Blom ... Himself
Twist-Twist Erkinharju ... Leningrad Cowboys
Ben Granfelt ... Leningrad Cowboys
Sakke Järvenpää ... Lead singer
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Himself / Performer
Jore Marjaranta ... Leningrad Cowboys
Ekke Niiva ... Leningrad Cowboys
Pemo Ojala ... Leningrad Cowboys
Silu Seppälä ... Leningrad Cowboys
Mauri Sumén ... Leningrad Cowboys
Kirsi Tykkyläinen ... Herself / Performer
Mato Valtonen ... Leningrad Cowboys

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Aki Kaurismäki 
 
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Aki Kaurismäki 

Produced by
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
 
Original Music by
B. Alexandrov 
Tipe Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Pekka Aine 
Tahvo Hirvonen 
Heikki Ortamo (director of photography)
Timo Salminen 
Olli Varja 
 
Film Editing by
Timo Linnasalo 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erkki Astala .... assistant director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tom Forsström .... sound mixer
Juuso Hirvikangas .... assistant sound recordist
Jouko Lumme .... sound
Tellervo Savela .... synch
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Heikki Färm .... assistant camera
Marja-Leena Helin .... still photographer
Esa Illi .... assistant camera
Seppo Louhi .... assistant camera
Rauno Ronkainen .... assistant camera (as Rane Ronkainen)
 
Editorial Department
Helena Selin .... negative cutter
Seppo Virtanen .... colorist
 
Music Department
Pemo Ojala .... music mixer
Heikki Savolainen .... music mixer
Heikki Savolainen .... music recordist
Andy Snellman .... assistant to music recordist
Mauri Sumén .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... script supervisor
Tuula Anttila .... production assistant
Outi Eranti .... production assistant
Klaus Heydemann .... assistant to producer
Tuula Mentula .... production assistant
Jan-Eric Nyström .... titles
Paula Oinonen .... assistant to director
Matti Pellonpää .... production assistant
Pauli Pentti .... production assistant
Jaakko Talaskivi .... assistant to director
Sinikka Usvamaa .... production accountant (as Sinikka Telaranta)
 

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Total Balalaika Show (1994), 4 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

Entertaining, surreal, hilarious, catchy, spectacular and just a lotta fun. Imagine meeting Lynyrd Skynyrd 30 years ago and telling them that one day "Sweet Home Alabama" would be performed by 10 guys with giant pointy shoes and giant pointy pompadours, backed by the Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble, in front of 70,000 screaming Finlandians.

It's very sweet to witness this display of unity between neighboring countries with a history of animosity. Opening with the Red Army Ensemble singing "Finlandia" and then going into "Let's Work Together" and "Happy Together" and a wonderful mix of Russian standards (I'm assuming) and western rock n' roll, it's really a joyous blend of two cultures. You can't help but smile. Although it's an oddball among Kaurismaki's deadpan narratives, it's one of his finest creations and one of the greatest concert films. The world needs more stuff like this. I'd love to visit Finland, they seem like they have a great sense of humor over there.

A fun, charming music & dance performance.

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