Aki Kaurismaki ~ Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses
Header Photo: Finnish Dvd and Blu Ray covers
The bold, distinctive yellow typography has featured in the Kaurismaki Dvd releases since the early 2000s. If you need words to capture a film then these do the trick. The hugeness and yet at the same time the tragic comic aspect of his movies are encapsulated in these big letters. The overseas releases typography is just plain lazy in comparison and do nothing to add to our understanding of the films.
© Aki Kaurismaki / Sputnik Oy
Leningrad Cowboys: Biog.
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses ~ Review/Trivia
Twist-Twist Erkinharju (Leningrad Cowboy)
Ben Granfelt (Leningrad Cowboy)
Sakke Järvenpää (Leningrad Cowboy)
Jore Marjaranta (Leningrad Cowboy)
Ekke Niiva (Leningrad Cowboy)
Jyri Närvänen (Leningrad Cowboy)
Pemo Ojala (Leningrad Cowboy)
Silu Seppälä (Leningrad Cowboy)
Mauri Sumén (Leningrad Cowboy)
Mato Valtonen (Leningrad Cowboy)
Matti Pellonpää (Moses/Vladimir)
Kari Väänänen (The Mute)
André Wilms (Lazar/Johnson/Elijah)
Nicky Tesco (American Cousin)
Jacques Blanc (Owner of Bingo Parlour)
Aki Kaurismäki (story), Sakke Järvenpää (story), Mato Valtonen (story)
Produced by: Pandora Filmproduktion
Duration: 94 minutes
Business is business! But Moses... is Moses!
The sequel to Leningrad Cowboys Go America, the film was not as amusing as the original, although there are some laughs in this tequila-soaked trek from Mexico (where the Cowboys had enjoyed unexpected chart success), in the company of manager, Matti Pellonpaa, who changes his name from Vladimir to Moses for this offbeat odyssey to the promised land of Russia.
Perhaps the most significant aspect of the film is that it was Matti Pellonpää's last performance for Kaurismäki before his untimely death in 1995.
99% spoken English, couple of words in Finnish; subtitles for most of the worldwide Dvd/blu ray release are in Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian & English.
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses ~ Trivia
Filming locations were:
Amiens, Somme, France
Brest, Finistère, France
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Decin, Czech Republic
Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Frankfurt/Main, Hessen, Germany
Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
New York City, New York, USA
The new band members who weren't in the original film were: Twist-Twist Erkinharju, Ben Granfelt (who when he left the band went on to join Wishbone Ash), Jore Marjaranta (arguably the best of the Cowboys singers and front man during the legendary Total Balalaika era), Ekke Niiva, Jyri Närvänen & Pemo Ojala (who does indeed look like Lenin's long lost son!).
The film failed to secure even a cinema release in Finland. Pity because it's not as bad a movie as that would lead you to believe. There are plenty of funny touches to the film and it's a film that grows on me each time I view the Dvd.
The German title for the film was Die Leningrad Cowboys treffen Moses
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses ~ Gallery
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses ~ Worldwide DVD/Blu ray Releases
Jan. 15: The title was re-released in Finland recently on Dvd format and also , more importantly, released for the first time on Blu ray format. The quality of a Blu ray is obviously infinately better than any other format on the market. I'm looking at the feasibility of importing some into the UK if the demand is there. I've been busy on other projects over the last few years and neglected these pages so am trying to catch up. So I'm unsure if the demand for Leningrad Cowboys or Kaurismaki releases is still there. So are you out there?
The more people interested the more I can order and, consequently, the lower the price. I'm currently looking at a retail price of between £15 - £20 per Blu ray. I know from experience that importing Dvds from Finland is expensive - hence the need to import as many as possible.
So if you are interested in the Blu ray then e-mail me here (email@example.com). As far as I know it is region free so can accept order outside the UK. Anyway, I'll see if the demand is there by the start of Feb. 2015 and if there is sufficient interest I'll put an order in and let you know when they are coming in.
The UK 3 Dvd Artificial Eye which this is a part of with Go America and Total Balalaika Show is at amazon.co.uk (direct link). Cover is here. In the US the boxset was released as part of the esteemed Criterion Collection and is at amazon.com (direct link). Cover is here.
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses Dvd ~ Finnish
Muutamia vuosia Meksikossa vietettyään päättää maailman huonoin rock-yhtye suunnata kohti kotia eli Siperiaa. Oppaana toimii heidän entinen managerinsa Vladimir, joka nykyisin kutsuu itseään Moosekseksi. Matka vie meren yli ja Euroopan mantereen poikki, ja pähkähullu reissu on täynnä vaaroja ja vaikeuksia. Bändiä vaivaa jatkuva raha-, bensiini-, ruoka- ja olutpula. Kaiken huipuksi heitä seuraa amerikkalainen agentti, joka etsii Vapaudenpatsaan kadonnutta nenää.
Alkuperäinen nimi: Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses
Ohjaaja: Aki Kaurismäki
Pääosissa: Twist Twist Erkinharju, Ben Granfelt, Nathalie Helies, Sakke Järvenpää, Jouni Marjaranta, Jyri Närvänen, Ekke Niiva, Pemo Ojala, Matti Pellonpää
Pituus (min): 90
DVD Kuvaformaatti: 16:9 FF ANAMORPHIC 1.85:1
Ääniformaatti: Dolby Surround 2.0 englanti
DVD Tekstitykset: suomi, norja, tanska, ruotsi
Available: amazon.co.uk (direct link)
Leningrad Cowboys: Biog.
Leningrad Cowboys Wares:
Leningrad Cowboys - Buena Vodka Social Club CD
Leningrad Cowboys Go America - CD Soundtrack
Leningrad Cowboys Go America - Chirashi Poster
Leningrad Cowboys Go America UK DVd
Leningrad Cowboys Go America - UK Video
Leningrad Cowboys Go America - US Video
Leningrad Cowboys Go America / Meet Moses - Japanese Dvd
Leningrad Cowboys - Go Space CD Album
Leningrad Cowboys - Happy Being Miserable CD Single
Leningrad Cowboys - Happy Together CD Album
Leningrad Cowboys - Happy Together 6 CD Boxset
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses Poster
Leningrad Cowboys - Global Balalaika Show Dvd
Leningrad Cowboys - Global Balalaika Show CD
Leningrad Cowboys - Go Wild CD Album
Leningrad Cowboys - Live in Prowinzz CD Album
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses - UK Dvd
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses - Promo Poster
Leningrad Cowboys - Merry Christmas Cartoon Book
Leningrad Cowboys - Mongolian Barbecue CD Album
Leningrad Cowboys - Mongolian Barbecue Promo Poster
Leningrad Cowboys - Monkey Groove CD Single
Leningrad Cowboys - No Sleep Til Mexico Tour Poster
Leningrad Cowboys - Ocean Gig, London Promo Postcard
Leningrad Cowboys - Official Ski Hat
Leningrad Cowboys - Sweet Home Mexico Book
Leningrad Cowboys - Terzo Mondo Promo CD Album
Leningrad Cowboys - Terzo Mondo CD Album
Leningrad Cowboys - These Boots CD Single
Leningrad Cowboys - Thru The Wire CD Single
Leningrad Cowboys - Total Balalaika Show UK Dvd
Leningrad Cowboys - Total Balalaika Show 2 CD Set
Leningrad Cowboys - Total Balalaika Show Dutch Video
Leningrad Cowboys - We Cum From Brooklyn CD Album