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Director: Aki Kaurismäki, Alexandrov Red Army Chorus & Dance Ensemble, The Leningrad Cowboys

Cast: Aki Kaurismäki, Alexandrov Red Army Chorus & Dance Ensemble, The Leningrad Cowboys

     
 
Finland's Leningrad Cowboys meet the ex-Red Army Choir in this inspired Finnish documentary. The Cowboys (a comedy group) claim to be the world's worst rock and roll band. The 100 member Red Army Choir is one of the world's premiere men's choirs. Most of the film chronicles their June 12, 1993 concert together. Over 70,000 people crowded into Helsinki's Senate Square

Overview

Finland's Leningrad Cowboys meet the ex-Red Army Choir in this inspired Finnish documentary. The Cowboys (a comedy group) claim to be the world's worst rock and roll band. The 100 member Red Army Choir is one of the world's premiere men's choirs. Most of the film chronicles their June 12, 1993 concert together. Over 70,000 people crowded into Helsinki's Senate Square for the event. To their credit the choir remains deadpan and dreadfully serious while the Cowboys cavort and dancing girls appear. Songs include "Volga Boatmen," the Turtle's "Happy Together," "Finlandia," "Let's Work Together," "Delilah" (sung while traditionally garbed Russian women perform a folkdance), "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and more. For the final song both groups, arms linked, sing "Those Were the Days."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
UPC:
0736899096526
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
Facets
Region Code:
0
Time:
0:55:00

Special Features

4 Leningrad Cowboys music videos; 4 bonus Leningrad Cowboys featurettes with behind the scenes footage and interviews; 5 bonus shorts by Aki Kaurismäki; Picture gallery; Leningrad Cowboys discography and biography; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alexandrov Red Army Chorus & Dance Ensemble Actor
Leningrad Cowboys Actor

Technical Credits
Aki Kaurismäki Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Igor Agafonnikov Musical Direction/Supervision
Pekka Aine Cinematographer
Erkki Astala Asst. Director
Tom Forsstrom Musical Direction/Supervision
Tahvo Hirvonen Cinematographer
Sakke Jarvenpaa Set Decoration/Design
Erkki Karenaho Set Decoration/Design
Timo Linnasalo Editor
Marko Louna Set Decoration/Design
Heikki Ortamo Cinematographer
Ilkka Paloniemi Set Decoration/Design
Timo Salminen Cinematographer
Olli Varja Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Intro [1:17]
2. Finlandia [1:13]
3. Let's Work Together [2:32]
4. Volga Boatmen [3:56]
5. Happy Together [2:49]
6. Delilah [4:17]
7. Knockin' on Heaven's Door [6:03]
8. Oh, Field [3:00]
9. Kalinka [5:11]
10. Gimme All Your Lovin' [3:04]
11. Jewellery Box [5:02]
12. Sweet Home Alabama [4:36]
13. Dark Eyes [4:51]
14. Those Were the Days [5:37]

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