Saturday, January 09, 2010

Magneettimies

Magnetmannen / The Magnetic Man. FI (c) 2009 Art Films. P+D+SC: Arto Halonen - based on the poems, letters, and writings of Pekka Streng. DP: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen. AN: Hanna-Leena Kartano. S: Heikki Innanen. ED: Joona Louhivuori. Documentary film, colour, widescreen, 79 min

Pekka Streng (lyrics and composition): "Gilgameš", "Kaukana", "Auringon lapsi", "Olen eläin", "Makea Sandra", "Pitkä kieli", "Takaisin virtaan", "Puutarhassa", "Kylmä kaupunki", "Pelle", "Sammakko Sim", "Sinua ikävöin", "Luumupuupoika", "Kanttorinpoika Max", "Keijut", "Sisältäni portin löysin", "Olen erilainen", "Matkalaulu", "Olet onnellinen", "Roope hattu", "Emmauslaulu", "Ahnehtiva Kud", "Katsele yössä", "Muumipeikon tassuttelu".

"Perhonen" (comp. Pekka Streng, lyrics from a Czech children's poem, Finnish translator Eeva-Liisa Manner), "Suruperhonen" (comp. Pekka Streng, lyrics Arja Kanerva), "Mutta minä lähden" (comp. Pekka Streng, lyrics Semjon Kirsanov, Finnish translator Markku Lahtela), "Sinä aamuna" (comp. Pekka Streng, lyrics Arja Kanerva).

"Puutarhassa" perf. Emma Salokoski & Olympia-Orkesteri.
"Sisältäni portin löysin" perf. Vesa-Matti Loiri; Eero Raittinen; Ritva Oksanen & Pedro Hietanen; Outi Popp, Paavo Kerosuo & Jiri Kuronen; Lasse Aitokari, Sami Lamppu & Pilvi Hämäläinen.
"Katsele yössä" perf. Olavi Uusivirta, Jarkko Martikainen, Kärtsy Hatakka, Pauli Hanhiniemi, Emma Salokoski.

Olavi Uusivirta (the voice of Pekka Streng).

Featuring: Matti Streng (father), Sonja Lehto (sister, album cover artist), Juuso Salokoski (cousin), Lasse Streng (brother), Jori Sivonen (friend, composer), Vilho Sääksjärvi (friend, photographer), Sinikka Haapanen (friend), Jukka Lindfors (webmaster of www.pekkastreng.com), Emma Salokoski (artist, Juuso Salokoski's daughter), Irmeli Isomäki (friend), Keijo Siekkinen (friend, writer), Joonia Streng (son), Juha Hurme (director, screenwriter and writer inspired by Pekka Streng), Calle Lindholm (colleague, artist), Jukka Hakoköngäs (producer of the posthumous Pekka Streng album), Jonna Tervomaa, Atte Blom (co-founder of Love Records), Tapio Korjus (impresario, conducted the only Pekka Streng interview), Vesa-Matti Loiri, Kaarina Valoaalto (writer, friend), Nanna Varrio (schoolgirl, a Pekka Streng aficionado), Timo Kämäräinen, Mikko Oinonen, Jukka Perko, Jasse Hast, Arto Halonen.

Screener dvd from Pirkanmaan Elokuvakeskus viewed at home, Helsinki, 9 Jan 2010.

I missed the theatrical screenings of this deeply felt documentary film by Arto Halonen on Pekka Streng (1948-1975, died young of cancer), talented Finnish artist of progressive rock, who published only two albums, Magneettimiehen kuolema [The Death of the Magnetic Man] (1970), with the band Tasavallan Presidentti, and Kesämaa [Summerland] (1972), with Olli Ahvenlahti and Hasse Walli among others. In 2009, the posthumous album Unen maa [Dreamland] was produced based on demo tape recordings with Olympia-Orkesteri.

Inspired by Pekka Streng's lyrics and music, the documentary is built on reminiscences of his family and friends. Arto Halonen has a sensitive touch, and he has managed to create an atmosphere of confidence in his interviews.

I'm not a Pekka Streng connoisseur, but I have always respected his songs such as "Sisältäni portin löysin" [I Found a Gate Within].

The film succeeds in the essential: the spiritual dimension.

http://www.magneettimies.com/english

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