Okraina (Outskirts) (Patriots) (1933)





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The Patriots is set in a Russian provincial village during World War I. Hans Klering plays a German prisoner of war, put to work in the village's cobbler shop. The film takes its sweet time articulating the relationship between the prisoner and his largely benign captors. Patriots is essentially a plea for tolerance; being a Russian film of the 1930s, of course, there are none more tolerant than the Soviets. A bilingual production (Russian and German), The Patriots is available on video in an English-subtitled version. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Amkino Corporation


Nikolai Kryuchkov
as Senka Kadkin
Sergei Komarov
as Greshin
Nikolai Bogolyubov
as Nikolai Kadkin
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Boris Barnet's tale of a small village during World War I is more a series of loosely connected sketches than a straight narrative, and "confused" is the word that comes to mind. The attitudes towards the Germans are not so much complex as they are jumbled and inconsistent. The odd sound design could be interpreted as ironic (or poetic?) commentary but to me it just felt misguided. Furthermore, the rhythms of the film (occasional quick bursts of narrative action alternating with long, slow stretches) make it dreadfully dull for the most part. Still, it contains a handful of lyrical touches here and there and a few of the anecdotes (particularly those that resemble Grand Illusion) are compelling.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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