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The Patriots (1933)

Okraina (original title)
Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I, colorful and nuanced characters experience divided loyalties: ... See full summary »

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Boris Barnet

Writers:

Konstantin Finn (short story), Boris Barnet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aleksandr Chistyakov ... Pyotr Ivanonich Kadkin
Sergey Komarov ... Alexander Petrovich Greshin
Yelena Kuzmina ... Marika Greshina
Nikolay Bogolyubov ... Nikolai Kadkin
Nikolay Kryuchkov ... Senka Kadkin
Hans Klering ... Mueller, German POW (as Gans Klering)
Mikhail Zharov ... Krayevitch, a student
Vladimir Uralskiy ... (as V. Uralsky)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Erdman ... Robert Karl, German boarder (as R. Yerdman)
Andrey Fayt
Daniil Vvedenskiy ... (as D. Vvedenskiy)
Mikhail Yanshin
A. Yermakov A. Yermakov
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Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I, colorful and nuanced characters experience divided loyalties: family loyalty vs. personal desire, nationalism vs. transcendent humanism. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

24 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Patriots See more »

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Mezhrabpomfilm See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The greatest of Soviet directors after Eisenstein" ? - Might be
31 December 2012 | by leoperuSee all my reviews

It's difficult for me to judge Rivette's statement about Boris Barnet having been the greatest of Soviet filmmakers after Eisenstein ; I definitely prefer his works to Eisenstein's or let's say Pudovkin's.

Even in our postmodern days, Barnet's hybrid of social realism, satire, romance, genre movie, musical and slapstick may be called eccentric. Rich, dynamic mise en scene is quintessential of this masterpiece condemnation of militarism, nationalism (and capitalism). It consists of two distinct parts, the first, pre-war one mixing realism with bizarre humour, the second delivering images of war rare in their docu-like naturalism far from Eisensteinian pathos.

The transfer on Mr. Bongo's recent release seems quite good ; regrettably no extras were taken from the original Ruscico version.

/To any reader of this interested in Barnet I would like to recommend another gem by this filmmaker - funny, charming and moving "Dom na Trubnoy" ("The House on Trubnaya Street"). It was recently released in France, with Russian intertitles and French subs (the movie is a silent one)./


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