Boris Barnet - Outskirts (Okraina / The Patriots) - DVD

Director: Boris Barnet

Price - £7.99

Film Info:

PAL Multi-Region / DVD5 / Black & White / Russian with English Subtitles / Mono / 4:3 / 99 minutes / MRBDVD053


A small village on the Russo-German border forms a microcosm of the great changes Russia would undergo during the course of the First World War. The war poisons the village community; close friendships are destroyed by vindictive nationalism, while a sweet romance between a Russian girl (Yelena Kuzmina, By the Bluest of Seas) and a German POW is greeted with suspicion and disapproval. On the front, soldiers face the absurdity of trench warfare, and at home returning veterans are unable to return to normal life; while intimations of the Russian Revolution makes itself felt within the village.

Made in 1933, Outskirts is one of the most ambitious films from the early sound period, ahead of its time in its camera movements and its use of sound. The film moves freely from the comic to the tragic, domestic drama interspersed with harrowing war scenes. Boris Barnet has long been a cult film-maker in Europe, praised by the likes of Godard and Tarkovsky; with Outskirts regarded as one of the greatest films of Russian cinema.


"Sensational...Orchestrated some of the most vivid and modern scenes ever of trench warfare" -- Village Voice

"Barnett has demonstrated his right to be ranked with the great Russian directors" -- NY Times

Cast & Credits:

Aleksandr Chistyakov
Sergey Komarov
Yelena Kuzmina
Nikolay Bogolyubov
Nikolay Kryuchkov
Hans Klering
Mikhail Zharov
Vladimir Uralsky

Directed - Boris Barnet

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