Films for adulds



Films for children

M.A. Numminen Turns Rabbit - The Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Rabbits

Direction: Claes Olsson.



Naivistic film for adults based on MAN's children's song Jänikset maailmankartalle! ('Recognise the Worldwide Rights of the Rabbits!').


The song has been renewed a little, and it is now called The Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Rabbits.


The film has been realised in the huge Snow Castle in the town of Kemi in Finnish Lapland.




A: acting
C: camera
D: direction
M: music
R: minor role
S: speak
T: song text
V: vocal
W:screenplay

1. Vesilasi ('Waterglass'). W, C, D: MAN. 1963. 3 min.

Experimental silent film. A man and a woman are drinking water in a surrealistic way.



2. Tiiliseinä ('Brickwall'). W, C, D: MAN. 1963. 3 min.

Experimental silent film.



3. Axolon-tango. A, M: MAN. D: Anneli Karsi. 1967. 1 min.

Film advertising for pimple cream.



4. Ampumarata ('Pick-Up Dance'). M: MAN. D: Eila Kaarresalo. 1969. 7 min.

Mr. Numminen composed the music for a dance pavillion film.



5. Bensaa suonissa ('Gas in the Veins'). M (partly): MAN. D: Risto Jarva. 1970.

Feature film about a rally scene.



6. Kreivi ('Count'). M (partly), R: MAN. D: Peter von Bagh. 1971.

Feature film about a woman chaser and cheater. Numminen has a small role.



7. Perkele kuvia Suomesta ('Perkele Pictures of Finland'). M: MAN. Arr. Jani Uhlenius. T: Jarkko Laine. D: Jörn Donner. 1971.

Documentary on the state of the Finnish society in the early 1970's. 104 min. State award for MAN.

8. Orimattila 1935. M: MAN. D: Jotaarkka Pennanen. 1972. 60 min.

Fiction film based on a true story of a left-minded forest worker in the commune of Orimattila in 1935, when socialists did not have it so well in Finland.



9. Siunattu virka ('The Blessed Post'). M, V: MAN. D: Sakari Rimminen. 1972.

Documentary on nurses. MAN composed and sang a song on nurse's work.



10. Karvat ('Hairs'). T: MAN. D: Seppo Huunonen.

The film features a song titled Musta tango ('The Black Tango'), composed by Jorma Panula, texted by MAN.



11. Det frusna Atlantis ('The Frozen Atlantis'). A, M (partly): MAN. D: Björn Kullander. Sweden 1980. 60 min.

The story takes place in the year 3000. MAN is the only surviver of a nuclear war, the last Lapplander. The film foretold the present problems with computers; all information is eaten up by bacteria.



12. Punaheltta ('Red Gill'). M: MAN. D: Sakari Rimminen. 1985. 10 min.

MAN composed the music for this short film. It reveals what kind of ideology the ABC-book feeds to children.



13. Bröderna Mozart ('The Mozart Brothers'). D: Suzanne Osten. R, V: MAN. Sweden 1986.

Film about a theatre director (Etienne Glaser) seeking for an idea for staging Mozart's Don Juan. MAN plays a role as a cleaner at Stockholm's Opera House. To the director's great surprise also the cleaners can sing Mozart (Duet: Là ci darem la mano sung by MAN and Saara Salminen, played by Pedro Hietanen on accordion).



14. Hurjan pojan koti ('Home of the Wild Guy'). R: MAN. D: K.J. Koski. 1987. 29 min.

Film with underground tones based on a short story by poet Markku Into.



15. The General Form of a Truth-Function. A, M, W: MAN. D. Helena Vapaa. 1990. 6 min.

Music video on the sixth sentence from Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. MAN and the choir sing in English and German. Subtexts in both languages. Shown in many short film festivals in Germany.



16. In caupona veritas Baarissa on totuus / In the Beginning There Was a Bar. A, M: MAN. D: Matti Hartikainen. 1992. 29 min.

Improvised happenings by MAN and Markku Into in 12 beer bars in the city of Turku. The two fellows are shown drinking beer, having discussions with ordinary customers, taking part in a jam session and performing a song with a rock group. Subtexts available in English, Estonian, German and Swedish.



17. Baarini on linnani ('My Bar Is My Castle'). S, W: MAN. D: Matti Hartikainen. 1992. 13 min.

MAN tells about the situation and role of the folksy beer bars in Finland in the beginning of the 1990's.



18. M.A. Numminen Sings Wittgenstein. A, M, V: MAN. D: Claes Olsson. 1993. 2 min.

MAN sings the seventh sentence from Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in German: "Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen" (What we cannot speak about we must consign to silence.). Shown in 60 countries.



19. Tietämättömyydessään ('Without Knowing'). A, M, T, V: MAN. D: Erkki Kupari. 1994. 2 min. 30 sec.

Music video on an underground rock song by MAN, who also performes an improvised dance in the film.



20. M.A.Numminen Goes Tech-No. A, V: MAN. D: Claes Olsson. 1995. 4 min.

The well-known song "Yes sir, I Can Boogie" as a music video. Versions in German and in Swedish.



21. Joulubileet ('Christmas Party'). R: MAN. D: Jari Halonen. 1996.

A kind of a surrealistic film about a Christmas party in the middle of the summer. Numminen has a small role in the end of the film.



22. M.A.Numminen Meets Schubert. A, V: MAN. D: Claes Olsson. 1997. 4 min.

MAN sings one of the most popular songs by Franz Schubert, Ständchen ('Serenade'), in crazy circumstances. Song in German.



23. Fahrradfahren ist notwendig ('Bicycling Is Necessary'). A, M, W: MAN. D: Sökö Kaukoranta. 1999. 4 min.

MAN sits on the rack of a bicycle driven in the snow with great difficulty by a woman (actress Anneli Sauli) and sings about the healthiness of bicycling. Song in German. Subtexts available in English and in Finnish.



24. Satumaa Unto Monosen elämä ja tangot ('The Fairyland The Life and the Tangos of the Composer Unto Mononen'). S, W: MAN. D: Claes Olsson. 1999. 75 min.

Documentary film on Finland's most popular tango composer Unto Mononen. (As a school boy MAN played drums in Mononen's orchestra.) Some fictional sequences describing Mononen's private life and gigs as a musician. English subtext available.



25. M.A.Numminen Turns Rabbit. A, M: MAN. D: Claes Olsson. 2000. 2 min.

Naivistic film for adults based on MAN's children's song Jänikset maailmankartalle! ('Recognise the Worldwide Rights of the Rabbits!'). The song has been renewed a little, and it is now called The Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Rabbits. The film has been realised in the huge Snow Castle in the town of Kemi in Finnish Lapland.