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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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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

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Surreal experience, 27 March 2007
Author: Patrick Borer (bakchu) from Switzerland

The Red Army Choir performing "Happy Together" with a Finnish band called the Leningrad Cowboys? To top it, even singing "Finlandia" at Helsinki's Senate Square? This concert, filmed in 1993, would have seemed rather unthinkable a few years earlier. It's still a surreal experience to watch it on DVD: the Russian choir and orchestra in stiff uniforms, bearing a mostly somber expression combined with the ludicrously styled, eccentric Leningrad Cowboys and their often parodistic rock demeanour. Remembering the time of Cold War, it is also strangely touching. But what about the music? Well, I have to say that it's not bad at all. Quite the contrary, it's surprisingly good. The Red Army Choir's unnamed lead singer does impressive work together with the Cowboys, and I'm sure that the popular Russian songs sound exactly as they should, although the selection can't be called particularly original (neither the choice of Western songs), but that was probably exactly the right decision for a concert of this kind. It's energetic and in its incomparable blend of silliness and really serious musicianship (on both "sides") something to behold, indeed.

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