Boris Barnet Movies and Career Information

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Jun 18, 1902
Actor, Director and Writer

Boris Vasilyevich Barnet (Russian: Борис Васильевич Барнет; 18 June 1902 – 8 January 1965) was a Soviet film director, actor and screenwriter. He directed 27 films between 1927 and 1963. Barnet was born in Moscow. A student of the Moscow Art School, he joined the Red Army at age 16 and was then professionally involved in boxing. In 1927 he shot his first feature, a comedy film, The Girl with the Hatbox, starring Anna Sten. His 1928 melodramatic film The House on Trubnaya, starring Vera Maretskaya, was rediscovered in the mid-1990s and now ranks as one of Russian silent film classics. Encouraged in his early efforts by Yakov Protazanov, Barnet emerged in the 1930s as one of the country's leading film-makers, working with the likes of Serafima Birman and Nikolai Erdman. Amongst Barnet's masterpieces, we find Okraina (1933), a pacifist story acclaimed at the first Venice Film Festival and spoofed by Pavel Lutsik in his award-winning 1998 remake. Barnet's postwar work is exemplified by Secret Agent, the first Soviet spy movie. The Stalin Prize-winning film was also years ahead of its time in exhibiting Hitchcockian influence and tricks and helped cement Barnet's reputation abroad. It

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