- An unrealized masterpiece
The Sunday 15 Sep 2003 issue of Helsingin
Sanomat (Finnish newspaper) ran a story on aborted plans
for film biographies of Finland's "national composer"
Jean Sibelius, in occasion of Timo Koivusalo's new epic
biopic 'Sibelius' now at Finnish theatres.
Among the planned but aborted film
projects by such venerable film-makers as Edvin Laine
is also mentioned Jimi Tenor's "Gigelius"
from 1990 (another Jimi-favoured "willy humour"
pun). Jimi had in plans to do an unorthodox - to say
the least - take on the great composer's life, where
Sibelius, aka Gigelius, creates all his masterpieces
by chance, when being drunk and pissing in snow, as
the renowned Sibelius expert Erik Tawastjerna keeps
following him and writes Sibelius/Gigelius' piss marks
down as notes. And this way such famous compositions
as "Finlandia" would have had their origins.
So, Jimi Tenor's Sibelius would have
been a talentless drunkard who gained his reputation
just by accident. Jimi also intended to put Sibelius'
virginity on focus in the film, even received some funding
from AVEK (which supports audiovisual arts), but quite
understandably, the iconoclastic project fell through
eventually. Jimi says it was only his intention to get
everyone pissed off, since Jean Sibelius is somewhat
a sacred cow in Finnish cultural life, and thinks Sibelius'
music is "a bit too stern and romantic" to
his own tastes.
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