These Boots (1992)
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(1992) - Aki Kaurismäki
The Leningrad Cow Boys
The Leningrad Cow Boys sing an hilarious version of These Boots are Made For Walking
another hilarious "music-video" cove One of the more recent short "music video" films by Kaurismaki and the first, I believe, in color (ROCKY VI - 1986, THRU THE WIRE - 1987, THOSE WERE THE DAYS - 1992 were all b&,w) THESE BOOTS continues in the same wacky vein. The piece begins with the title "History of Finland 1952-1960" and cuts to a shot of a baby (with a full size male head and the requisite Leningrad Cowboy hairstyle and curled tip boots) and the lyrics "You keep saying you got something for me" start off the song. The parents have the same hairstyle - although the man is balding, so it's his beard that stretches in front of his face for a foot and a half. The child is thrown out of school for drinking vodka. When he gets married he and his bride are riding on a tractor. At the funeral of his parents, their curled boot tips are sticking out of the coffins. If you're into the Kaurismaki sense of humor, you'll probably find this hilarious. Otherwise you might see it as just strange and dumb.