Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Three Songs from Aki Kaurismäki's "Proletariat Trilogy"

I've been obsessively watching Aki Kaurismäki films lately. Not only are the films simultaneously bleak and uplifting - in a way that only eastern Europeans can effortlessly create - but the music selections from his films are always great (e.g., see below, Joe Strummer's "Burning Lights" from the wonderful film I Hired A Contract Killer starring Jean-Pierre Léaud).

Varjoja Paratiisissa ("Shadows In Paradise") (1986)
The Renegades: My Heart Must Do the Crying

Ariel (1988)
Casey Bill Weldon: W.P.A. Blues

Tulitikkutehtaan Tyttö ("The Match Factory Girl") (1990)
The Renegades: Cadillac

Bonus: scene from I Hired A Contract Killer (1990)

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