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Years active  1927–1963
Name  Boris Barnet
Role  Film director

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Full Name  Boris Vasilyevich Barnet
Born  18 June 1902 (1902-06-18) Moscow, Russian Empire (now Russia)
Occupation  Film director, screenwriter
Died  January 8, 1965, Riga, Latvia
Spouse  Valentina Barnet (m. 1937–1945)
Children  Olga Barnet, Natalya Barnet
Movies  When Moscow Laughs, The Patriots, The House on Trubnaya, By the Bluest of Seas, Miss Mend
Similar People  Vsevolod Pudovkin, Vladimir Fogel, Anna Sten, Fedor Ozep, Lev Kuleshov

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Boris Vasilyevich Barnet (Russian: Бори́с Васи́льевич Ба́рнет; 18 June 1902 – 8 January 1965) was a Soviet film director, actor and screenwriter of British origin. He directed 27 films between 1927 and 1963.


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The House on Trubnaya (1928) movie

Early years

Boris Barnet was born in Moscow. His grandfather Thomas Barnet was a printer who moved to the Russian Empire from Great Britain back in the 19th century. A student of the Moscow Art School, he joined the Red Army at age 18 and was then professionally involved in boxing. In 1927 he shot his first feature, a comedy film, The Girl with a 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 the classic Russian silent films.

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 Outskirts (1933), a pacifist story acclaimed at the first Venice Film Festival.

Later years and work

Barnet's postwar work is exemplified by Secret Agent, the first Soviet spy film. 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 was Barnet's gift of artistic invention that made him stand out from the crowd of Soviet colleagues. In a Barnet film, a photograph in the newspaper would unexpectedly come alive, and scenes would often end with a detail introducing the next scene. He would begin a scene with a close up, "so that the space is progressively discovered by changing the axis or by camera movement". Among Russian filmmakers professing their admiration for Barnet was Andrei Tarkovsky.

In 1965, after some years of artistic silence Boris Barnet committed suicide in Riga, Latvian SSR by hanging himself in a hotel room. He was survived by wife Alla Kazanskaya and daughter Olga Barnet.


As director
As actor
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924)
  • Miss Mend (1926)
  • Storm Over Asia (1928)
  • Secret Agent (Подвиг разведчика) (1947)
  • References

    Boris Barnet Wikipedia