Theme Month! May 2015: Those Wacky Russians

We’re heading back to Russia, kids! Specifically, we are going to be enjoying some good belly laughs, courtesy of the sparkling Russian wit.

While Cold War films of the west would have you believe that the Russians are a universally dour lot, the fact is that the culture has one of the most delightful senses of humor in the world. Literate, smart, zany and surreal, Russian comedy is just the thing to brighten your day.

I have selected three pre-Revolution short films and one Soviet feature that I feel best display this delightful wit. Enjoy!

Review #1: Antosha Ruined by a Corset (1916)

A sparkling farce about a wayward husband, a wild party and a misplaced undergarment.

Review #2: The House in Kolomna (1913)

Ivan Mosjoukine charms in the wacky farce based on a poem by Pushkin. A soldier disguises himself as a cook to sneak into his girlfriend’s house. Chaos ensues.

Review #3: The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912)

Stop-motion animated insects play out a Lubitsch-esque bedroom comedy. Good stuff.

Review #4: The Girl with the Hat Box (1927)

Boris Barnet directs Anna Sten in this darling romantic comedy about love and housing shortages.


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