Total Film - 01/01/2013 4 stars out of 5 -- "Barnet's gentle lyricism and reluctance to propagandise separate him from the tub-thumping mainstream of Soviet cinema, but make him all the more appealing."
This double feature of early 20th Century Russian films offers a unique interpretation of events from acclaimed director Boris Barnet. OUTSKIRTS offers a portrait of a remote Russian village during World War I, where the villagers lives consist of internal and external conflicts, and hugely divided loyalties. THE GIRL WITH THE HATBOX offers a comedic look at the life of a hat shop employee, Anna (Anna Sten), and her attempts to rescue a lost lottery ticket.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Two Russian Classics by Boris Barnet! Out of U.S. distribution for decades, 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. Moving with the speed and grace of the best American silent comedies, The Girl with the Hat Box established Barnet's reputation. The charming Anna (Anna Sten) works in a hat shop, sharing her small apartment with a penniless student. A supposedly worthless lottery ticket from her employer turns into a gold mine, leading to a madcap chase for the ticket - and her love.