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Total Balalaika Show (1994)

A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (... See full summary »

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki
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Credited cast:
Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble ... Themselves, choir
Twist-Twist Erkinharju ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ben Granfelt Ben Granfelt ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Sakke Järvenpää ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Jore Marjaranta ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ekke Niiva Ekke Niiva ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Jyri Närvänen Jyri Närvänen ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Pemo Ojala ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Silu Seppälä ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Mauri Sumén Mauri Sumén ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Mato Valtonen ... Self (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Igor Agafonnikov Igor Agafonnikov ... Self - Conductor
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Leningrad Cowboys ... Themselves
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A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (like "Sweet Home, Alabama") as well as more traditional Russian songs like the "Volga Boatman". Written by Maple-2

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Connections

Followed by Global Balalaika Show (2003) See more »

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Jewelry Box
Performed by Leningrad Cowboys and Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble
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A quite enjoyable filmed concert
3 October 2006 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Total Balalaika Show is often wrongly described as "the third Leningrad Cowboys movie". That's not really correct: the Show is, in fact, a concert, featuring the Cowboys and the Red Army Choir, which took place in Helsinki. Aki Kaurismäki, who directed the Leningrad Cowboys flicks, filmed this concert and made it known to the world.

The biggest pleasure of seeing this event is the discovery that, contrary to popular belief, the Leningrad Cowboys aren't bad at all. That's just something they made up for the movies. Just watch them as they take Helsinki by storm with their personal versions of Those Were The Days (also featured in one of Kaurismäki's short films) and Sweet Home Alabama (amazing, just amazing).

It's a really great experience, whose impact is partially diminished by one fact: Kaurismäki's version doesn't feature the entire concert, since getting the rights to certain songs (most notably Bob Dylan's Knocking On Heaven's Door) would have been too expensive. Nonetheless, what we have is a really good filmed concert, and there's plenty of fun to be had for those watching it.


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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | English | French | Russian

Release Date:

2 July 1994 (Finland) See more »

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Total Balalaika Show See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Provisual, Sputnik See more »
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Dolby Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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