Total Balalaika Show

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This article is about the concert film. For live album of this concert, see Total Balalaika Show - Helsinki Concert.
Total Balalaika Show
Total Balalaika show poster.jpg
Polish theatrical poster
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by Aki Kaurismäki
Written by Aki Kaurismäki
Music by B. Alexandrov
Tipe Johnson
Cinematography Heikki Ortamo
Edited by Timo Linnasalo
Release date(s)
  • 19 March 1994 (1994-03-19)
(France, Rouen Nordic Film Festival)
  • 2 July 1994 (1994-07-02)
(Finland)
Running time 57 min
Country Finland
Sweden
Language English, Finnish

Total Balalaika Show is a 1994 film by director Aki Kaurismäki featuring a concert with Leningrad Cowboys and Alexandrov Ensemble.

The concert took place on 12 June 1993 on Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland. The event drew a crowd of approximately 70,000 people from two nations - Finland and Russia - that had been engaged in a state of "peaceful coexistence" during the Cold War.

The concert featured an eclectic mix of Western rock and Russian folk music, and folk dancers performing to rock songs.

Songs[edit]

The "rockumentary" features 13 songs from the concert:

DVD release[edit]

The film is available on three DVD releases. The first, released by Sandrew Metronome in 2004, is for DVD Region 2. The second, released by Facets, is for All Regions. The third is by The Criterion Collection in an Eclipse box set with the two original films.

Soundtrack Album[edit]

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