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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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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:

Total Balalaika Show 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Follows Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Home Alabama
Composed by Edward King, Gary Rossington and Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Leningrad Cowboys and Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble
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Surreal experience
27 March 2007 | by bakchuSee all my reviews

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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