Leningrad Cowboys Go America

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Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
1989
Finland, Sweden
78 minutes
M
Kaurismäki’s cheerfully slapdash, cartoon-like road movie involves a band from ‘somewhere in the Tundra’ that winds up playing all over the U.S.

Kaurismäki transformed a Finnish band, Sleepy Sleepers, into the fictitious but wonderfully eccentric Cowboys, who fall foul of Soviet officialdom but head for America where "they’ll take anything." With a title inspired by The Marx Bros Go West, the film is the director’s funniest, thanks largely to Matti Pellonpää’s droll performance as the band’s manager. Jim Jarmusch crops up as a used car salesman.

              – David Stratton, Retrospective Curator 

 

A road comedy so laid back and so cool that to laugh out loud at it would seem to be hopelessly square. – Vincent Canby, New York Times 

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Leningrad Cowboys Go America

Art Gallery of NSW
Sun 10 June
10am—11:18am
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Year
1989
Classification
M
Country
Finland, Sweden
Language
In English and Finnish with English subtitles
Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Producer
Aki Kaurismäki, Klas Olofsson, Katinka Farago
Cast
Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen
Screenwriter
Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematographer
Timo Salminen
Company Credits
35mm Print Source: ACMI | Rights Holder: Palace Films Australia
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