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4.0 out of 5 stars Two interesting early Russian films, 19 Oct. 2011
K. Gordon - See all my reviews
This review is from: Outskirts & Girl With the Hatbox [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Girl With the Hatbox" is the real prize in these two films. A cute, charming
silent comedy of Russian girl who travels between her home in the country and
an apartment owned by a greedy, rich couple in Moscow.

She meets a poor student with nowhere to go, and ends up marrying him to give
him the right to stay in the apartment although the marriage starts as just a platonic
arrangement. Lots of hi-jinx ensue, almost all well acted, and I found myself enjoying
it way more than I expected to. Yes, there are some over the top performances, and
a couple of unneeded sub-plots, including our heroines cruel ignoring of the post man
who is in love with her, but overall this is a breezy, sweet comedy, well worth watching.

"Outskirts" is an interesting, if not totally successful and sometimes awkward mix of
comedy and drama, expressionism and realism in a study of small town life and the
horrors of WW I. Some wonderful photography, but distractingly bad post-dubbed sound.
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