The Heart of the World: Masterpieces of Soviet Silent Cinema

The House on Trubnaya

Dom na Trubnoy

Boris BarnetUSSR84 minutes1928PGB&WSilent

Oct 14
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Boris Barnet's follow-up to The Girl with the Hatbox is "even more beguiling [than its predecessor] ... This antic city symphony — complete with elaborate multi-story tenement set — at times suggests a comic precursor to Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera" (J. Hoberman). Considered by many to be the greatest Soviet silent comedy, The House on Trubnaya bristles with anti-bureaucratic jibes at social problems such as housing shortages and urban overcrowding in its story of a young peasant woman who moves to Moscow to work as a servant, falls in love, and in the process acquires a political consciousness. "[Barnet's] most accomplished silent film.... Holds its own among the best Soviet silent comedies and deserves to be far better known than it is" (Denise Youngblood).

Digital restoration courtesy of MK2 and Lobster Films.