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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 »

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Aki Kaurismäki

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Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble ... Themselves, choir
Twist-Twist Erkinharju ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ben Granfelt Ben Granfelt ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Sakke Järvenpää ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Jore Marjaranta ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ekke Niiva Ekke Niiva ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Jyri Närvänen Jyri Närvänen ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Pemo Ojala ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Silu Seppälä ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Mauri Sumén Mauri Sumén ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Mato Valtonen ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Igor Agafonnikov Igor Agafonnikov ... Himself, 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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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | English | French | Russian

Release Date:

2 July 1994 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Leningrad Cowboys Meet the Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Production Co:

Provisual,Sputnik See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Connections

Follows Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Together
Composed/Lyrics by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon
Performed by Leningrad Cowboys and Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble
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A complete tour de force
24 January 2007 | by nipsu1See all my reviews

I was living in Lahti when this show was broadcast on Finnish television.I was completely stunned by the severe clash of cultures.On the one hand,a group of comically dressed musicians,very competent and visually appealing obviously spoofing the teddy boy craze and on the other hand one of the best choruses in the world dressed in their military finest. You could not expect the two divergent musical styles to get along,much less complement.... But it all works well,with the wonderful antique tractor on full display and the Red Army chorus singing Sweet Home Alabama.What a wonderful show it must have been to see live.It seems like the entire city of Helsinki was there. Hey that is only 500,000 but that's a lot of Finns in one place.


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