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Leningrad Cowboys Go America

Posted by martinteller on December 4, 2007

The Finnish version of The Blues Brothers.  It’s about a band looking for success in America, with their unscrupulous manager calling the shots, their frozen bass player strapped to the roof of the car, and the village idiot desperately trying to tag along.  All of Kaurismaki’s films are rich with humor, but this is the closest I’ve seen him come to straight comedy, with plenty of sight gags (has anyone ever gotten so much mileage out of a hairstyle?) although the tone is still characteristically deadpan.  It also showcases his deep love for classic rock ‘n’ roll, and the enthusiasm is infectious.  The movie is a giddy delight that evokes laughter and warmth.  Keep an eye out for the Jim Jarmusch cameo.  Rating: 9


One Response to “Leningrad Cowboys Go America”

  1. […] 115. Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989, Akl Kaurismaki) […]

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