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Screaming Men (2003)
"Huutajat - Screaming Men" (original title)

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A film about the art of screaming. Meet the screaming choir that travels from Finland to Tokyo with the goal of getting good photographs of their Japanese audience while performing Japanese national anthem. Meet the choir that screams La Marseillaise at the museum of modern art in Paris even though the museum and the embassy of Finland try to prevent them. Meet the choir that makes parody of nationalism and fascism # and can only be led by a total dictator. The Finnish Screaming Male Choir, Mieskuoro Huutajat, dressed in black suits, white shirts, and rubber ties is a unique choir which performs its repertoire by shouting and screaming. Led by the conductor Petri Sirviö, the choir has traveled during 15 years of existence from an idea in a bar table all the way to the front line of modern European performing arts, receiving the same strong reaction everywhere: the audience has been mostly exalted, and sometimes also shocked and bewildered. The appeal of the performance of Huutajat is ... Written by Anonymous

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See this movie if you like Nordic humor & art
14 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You'll love this if you appreciate dry humor, modern art, send-ups of modern art, the mockumentary tradition, and subverting the dominant paradigm. This documentary affectionately shows us the genre-busting Finnish men's choir "tapping" adroitly along the fine line between clever and stupid. The central concept: 25 sets of strong lungs performing indescribably strange and funny adaptations of well-known songs, such as national anthems. The effect is surprisingly powerful. Unlike much high-concept modern art, where the idea is better than the result, this work stands on its own. These impassioned fits of madness force you to perceive things anew in surprising ways. The audiences shown in the film typically began by looking puzzled, then went wild with laughter and applause. The group's leader is a hoot. Fortunately, he speaks English when the group is touring in France, Japan, etc. The English subtitles of his remarks in Finnish clearly did not serve him well; several times, we wished we knew what was making the Finns in the audience laugh so hard. (A perennial problem: Why can't movie-makers provide better subtitles?) See this movie.


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