Eclipse Series 29: Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys
Kaurismaki’s Leningrad Cowboys are a musical group formed by a bunch of Russian hicks somewhere out in the remoteness of Siberia who, judging from their striking resemblance and uber-quiffs, may all be related. Unable to find an audience for their peculiar brand of accordion and brass-based punk-folk at home, they set out for America to widen their musical horizons and discover this thing called rock ‘n’ roll.

The 1990s were a weird time for independent film. For as lacking in character as much of popular culture was during the early part of the decade, film got really quirky and odd. Much of this was attributed to Steven Soderbergh and Sex, Lies, and Videotape and the impact of the Sundance Film Festival. Soderbergh's debut effort came out in 1989, the same year Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki released Leningrad Cowboys Go America, a bizarre hybrid of mockumentary and road trip pictures that was right in line with the cinema to come.

Though, to be fair, Kaurismaki was more part of the previous generation of maverick filmmakers, including his influential admirer, Jim Jarmusch, who also appears in Leningrad Cowboys Go America, the first movie in Eclipse's Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys boxed set. The silver-haired New York director plays an auto mechanic who sells the European rock band the car that they will drive across most of America on their way to Mexico. Given the back and forth between the two movie men, it's a fitting metaphor. They trade their tools and share in the act of creation.

3 x DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:19:10 + 01:34:04 + 00:57:05 | 4.22 Gb + 4.21 Gb + 4.22 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music, Documentary

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