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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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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 

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Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
 
Original Music by
B. Alexandrov 
Tipe Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Heikki Ortamo 
 
Film Editing by
Timo Linnasalo 
 
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Erkki Astala .... assistant director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
 
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Jan-Eric Nyström .... titles
 

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13 song concert film extravaganza, 29 November 2003
Author: Timothy Damon (thd@cwru.edu) from United States

It's unlikely you'll ever see a concert film quite like the one shot on 12 June 1993 in Helsinki, Finland with the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Dancers. 13 songs: "Finlandia" by Sibelius; "Let's Work Together" - with the drummer on a stage designed like a tractor, guitars in the shape of tractors and some air guitar action; "Volga Boatmen"; "Happy Together"; "Delilah"; "Knocking on Heaven's Door" with 6 women dancers in folk costume; "Oh Field" (the incongruity of the solemness of the Red Army Choir coupled with the Leningrad Cowboys lying flat on their backs, hair sticking up vertically a foot or so, and waving the boots with the curly toes back and forth cracked me up); Cossack dancing in "Kalinka"; "Gimme All Your Loving"; numerous dance troupes accompanying "Jewelry Box"; "Sweet Home Alabama"; "Dark Eyes"; and closing with "Those Were The Days" with Kirsi Tykkylainen (who also sings this song in the 1992 short of the same name).

The set designs were quite amusing, different aspects being revealed by lighting chances throughout the performance. The concert was bookended by a scene at the beginning titled "Moscow, May 28, 1993" with one of the Leningrad Cowboys and some functionary signing a document and a bust of Lenin spotlighted at the ending.

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