Fun Size Review: The House in Kolomna (1913)

This joyful, sassy romantic comedy is the perfect choice for people who do not usually go in for romantic comedies. A Russian girl named Parasha sneaks her soldier boyfriend (Ivan Mosjoukine) into her house by disguising him as the new cook. Chaos obviously ensues.

Mosjoukine is clearly having a blast in his broadly comedic role as a guy who is terrible at being a girl. In fact, a good time seems to have been had by all and the mood is infectious. This film is a hidden delight!


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The boyfriend is unmasked when Parasha’s mother catches him shaving. He flees. Whoopsy!

If it were a dessert it would be:
Lemon Tartlets. Cute, tangy and irresistable.

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: The House in Kolomna was released on DVD by Milestone as volume 5 of their Early Russian Cinema collection. You can also get the entire nine-volume set. It’s spendy but so worth it, so if you ever find yourself heir to a fortune or winner of a lottery…