L.A. Woman

L.A. Woman is basically a pure and simple recording of Leningrad Cowboys performing a Doors hit at a relatively fast tempo, but at the end of the song Aki Kaurismäki cuts to pictures of children ravaged by war, a smiling Ronald Reagan, and other politically extremely coloured motifs, thus driving a wedge into the original form of the film and charging the rock´n´roll with a straightforward political statement.

  • Finland
  • 1988, 5 min
  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Director of photography: Timo Salminen
  • Editor: Raija Talvio
  • Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Music: The Doors
  • Contacts: The Finnish Film Foundation
  • Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Production: Villealfa Filmproductions Oy, Megamania Ky

Aki Kaurismäki

Aki Kaurismäki (b. 1957, Finland) is, unlike his brother Mika, a self-taught filmmaker. He left his sociology studies to make a living in jobs ranging from a dishwasher to a film critic. At the beginning of 1980s he started the production company Villealfa with his brother and together they made a documentary about three Finnish rock bands touring a lake. He made is directorial debut in 1993 by the feature film Crime and Punishment. Since then he has made 15 more award-winning feature films, including Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), Bohemian Life (1992), Take Care of Your Scarf Tatjana (1994), Drifting Clouds (1996), Juha (1999), The Man Without a Past (2002), and Lights in the Dusk (2006).