Those were the DaysThose were the Days

by Aki Kaurismäki

Those were the Days

Synopsis

Set in Paris, The Leningrad Cowboys perfom their version of the known song: A solitary man leading a donkey is turned away at a restaurant door, he and the beast walk down to “La Maison du Vin” where, despite a “no donkeys” sign, they enter and the man proceeds to feed the donkey. His care and feeding of the animal impresses the women singing with the band – she and the visitor connect, but who will watch the donkey if they slip away?

Director

Aki Kaurismäki, writer, director, editor and producer. Born in Finland 4.4.1957, but...

Films as a director:

1981
»The Saimaa Gesture«
(Co-Dir. with Mika Kaurismäki)

1983
»Crime And Punishment«

1985
»Calamari Union«

1986
»Shadows In Paradise«
»Rocky VI« (Short)

1987
»Hamlet Goes Business«
»Thru The Wire« (Short)
»L.A.Woman« (Short)
»Rich Little Bitch« (Short)

1988
»Ariel«

1989
»Leningrad Cowboys Go America«
»Dirty Hands« (TV Film)

1990
»The Match Factory Girl«
»I Hired A Contract Killer«

1991
»Those Were The Days« (Short)
»These Boots« (Short)

1992
»La Vie De Boheme«

1993
»Total Balalaika Show - Helsinki Concert« (Documentary)

1994
»Take Care Of Your Scarf - Tatjana«
»Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses«

1996
»Drifting Clouds«

1998
»Juha«

2002
»The Man Without A Past«, »Dogs Have No Hell« (Short)

2004
»Bico« (Short)

2006
»Lights In The Dusk«

Cast

The Leningrad Cowboys
Kirsi Tykkyläinen

Crew

Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
Script: Aki Kaurismäki
Camera: Timo Salminen
Editing: Aki Kaurismäki
A production of Sputnik Oy

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / b/w
Length: 5 min.

Those were the Days
Those were the Days

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