29 Dec 2016

Jackpot 2 (Finland, 1982)

Jackpot 2 (Finland, 1982). Director: Mika Kaurismäki. Stars: Jukka Mikkola, Martti Syrjä, Tiina Bergström.

This is a pretty crazy short film by Mika and Aki Kaurismäki. Not too sure what is going on... it seems sortof post-apocalyptic, but not really. Anyway, it follows a guy, his friend and his girlfriend playing lots of pinball and some pool and talking nonsense. Hey, what happened to “Jackpot 1”?

In a café, the friend plays a few seconds of Galaxy (Stern, 1980)...

 ...and then a few seconds of a Harlem Globetrotters On Tour (Bally, 1978)...


Aside from an old jukebox, there’s also a type of Finnish slot machine, called payazzo (or pajatso or jasso). This one appears to be a "50 pennin" model, which was manufactured by Raha-automaattiyhdistys (RAY) beginning in 1967. The player deposits coins and flicks them using a control. The coin bounces around and if it ends up in one of the winning slots, the column of coins drops out the payout chute. I believe these are also known in English as drop case machines...

The trio goes back to their apartment where they have a jukebox and apparently their favorite pinball machine:  Flip-Flop (Bally, 1974)...

Following an explosion, their machine stops working, so they go to an apparently abandoned arcade where they find a pair of Flip-Flop’s, just like the one in their living room!

They love the game so much, they play it on their pickup truck...
...and on the beach whilst one of them plays saxophone...
... and then a police helicopter shows up with some startling news...

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