[Dixielandjazz] Unusual novelty song film clips from 1934 USSR

David Richoux tubaman at tubatoast.com
Thu Jul 10 11:28:18 PDT 2008

I am not much of a film history buff, so I don't really know how much  
impact this film might have had on the west in the 1930s. It was  
shown at the 2006 Venice Film Festival - probably one reason why  
there is a resurgence of interest in it now.

There was a great 3 part article on Hokom in the Mississippi Rag back  
in 2005 by William Schafer. I don't recall what he had to say about  
Spike Jones's early days, but I don't remember any mention of Russian  
films. The Hoosier Hot-Shots probably were more influential.

However, I do think Danny Kaye was influenced by the film - I see a  
lot of similarities between him and Leonid Utesov. Coincidental?

Dave RIchoux

PS Mostly unrelated - In digging around the web, I found this:
Lücke, Martin.
Jazz im Totalitarismus - Eine komparative Analyse des politisch  
motivierten Umgangs mit dem Jazz während des Nationalsozialismus und  
Ph.D., Musicology, Bochum, 2003. 256 p. bibliog.
Research director: Christian Ahrens
DDM Code: 77jaLucM; DA no.: RILM no.: UM no.:
Publication: Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2004. ISBN 3-8258-7538-5.
Additional keywords: Diktatur, dictatorship, Leonid Utesov, Alexander  
Tsfasman, DTU, Charlie and His Orchestra, Muso, Narkompros, NDT

On Jul 10, 2008, at 9:24 AM, budtuba at aol.com wrote:

>  That was quite a find.? Also interesting is the infinite zoom out  
> at the end...sort of like modern TV ads that zoom into a closeup  
> scene from outer space.? Of course, today's versions are  
> accomplished by computer animation.? I wonder if this band had some  
> influence in Spike Jones' decision to go into novelty music.

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