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Outskirts/By The Bluest of Seas - Preview


Preview by Jack Foley

SOVIET filmmaker Boris Barnet is considered one of the greatest Russian filmmakers and is highly regarded by the likes of Otar Loselliani and Jacques Rivette.

Two of his finest works Outskirts and By the Bluest Of Seas are set for release on November 12, 2012, courtesy of Mr. Bongo Films.

Outskirts is set on a small village on the Russo-German border, the war poisons the village community; close friendships are destroyed by vindictive nationalism, while a sweet romance between a Russian girl (Yelena Kuzmina, By The Bluest of Seas) and a German POW is greeted with suspicion and disapproval.

On the front, soldiers face the absurdity of trench warfare, and at home returning veterans are unable to return to normal life; while intimations of the Russian Revolution makes themselves felt within the village.

Made in 1933, Outskirts is one of the most ambitious films from the early sound period, ahead of its time with its camera movements and its use of sound, it is regarded as one of the greatest films of Russian cinema.

Certificate: 12
Running time: 99mins
UK DVD Release: November 12, 2012

By The Bluest of Seas

By The Bluest of Seas

A storm on the Caspian Sea lands two friends, sailor Yusuf (Lev Sverdlin) and mechanic Alyosha (Nikolai Kruychkov, Okraina), on the shores of Soviet Azerbaijan where they arrive at the ‘Lights of Communism’ kolkhoz (‘collective farm’).

They are able to find work at the farm as most of the other workers are fighting a conflict on the Pacific Ocean.

One of the administrators of the kolkhoz is the beautiful Masha (Yelena Kuzmina, Outskirts) who they both fall in love with. Their rivalry for her affections affects their work and threatens the community.

By The Bluest Of Seas is one of the most lyrical and uplifting films of the Soviet era, eschewing propaganda in favour of a comedy about love and friendship.

Certificate: 12
Running time: 69mins
UK DVD Release: November 12, 2012

Win Outskirts and By The Bluest of Seas on DVD

To celebrate the release of Boris Barnet’s Outskirts and By The Bluest of Seas on DVD on Monday, November 12, 2012, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies of both films. Simply answer the following question…

Q. In what year was Outskirts released?

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