Eclipse Series 29: Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys Eclipse Series 29: Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys

Eclipse Series 29: Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys

 
Eclipse Series 29: Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys (Eclipse DVD)

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In the late eighties, Aki Kaurismäki, a master of the deadpan, fashioned a waggish fish-out-of-water tale about a U.S. tour by “the worst rock-and-roll band in the world.” Leningrad Cowboys Go America’s posse of fur-coated, outrageously pompadoured hipsters struck such a chord with international audiences that the fictional band became a genuine attraction, touring the world. Later, Kaurismäki created a sequel, Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses, and filmed a gigantic outdoor concert that the band put on in Helsinki, for the rollicking documentary Total Balalaika Show. With this Eclipse series, we present all three crackpot musical and comic odysseys, along with five Leningrad Cowboys music videos also directed by Kaurismäki.

Collector’s Set Includes

Leningrad Cowboys Go America box cover

Leningrad Cowboys Go America

Aki Kaurismäki 1989

A struggling Siberian rock band leaves the lonely tundra to tour the United States because, as they’re told, “they’ll buy anything there.”


Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses box cover

Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses

Aki Kaurismäki 1994

Living in Mexico with a top-ten hit under their belts, the Leningrad Cowboys have fallen on hard times. When they head north to rejoin their manager (Kaurismäki mainstay Matti Pellonpää) for a gig in Coney Island, he has turned into a self-proclaimed prophet.


Total Balalaika Show box cover

Total Balalaika Show

Aki Kaurismäki 1994

Aki Kaurismäki’s film of the Leningrad Cowboys’ massive concert in Helsinki’s Senate Square with the 150-member Alexandrov Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble is a loving tribute to the rock band he made famous.