Das Mädchen mit der Hutschachtel - Devuska s korobkoj

by Boris Barnet, Russia, 1927
Picture of

Can you find happiness in the big city? The young hat maker Natascha, who lives with her grandfather in a suburb covered in winter snow, has to commute by train from the village to Moscow to deliver her creations to the extravagant Irene's hat shop. For the administration, Irene claims Natascha to be her subtenant in order to be able to have more living space. The clumsy railway official woos the lovely country girl with his ravishing smile. But she enters into a fictitious marriage with the provincial Ilya in order to get him a room in Moscow. With an apparently worthless lottery ticket, which Irene's husband gives to Natascha, the entanglements become turbulent. Boris Barnet describes the contrasts between city and country and the new living conditions in Moscow in a stylish and socially critical way. Three great acting talents, Anna Stén, Iwan Kowal-Samborski and Vladimir Fogel, form the triangle of relationships. Originally ordered as a vehicle to advertise the State Lottery, the film made the studio rich and the natural talent director Boris Barnet famous as the founder of lyrical comedy.



Original Title
Das Mädchen mit der Hutschachtel - Devuska s korobkoj
Das Mädchen mit der Hutschachtel - Devuska s korobkoj
Directed by
Boris Barnet
Valentin Turkin, Vadim ҆erҰenevic
Boris Francisson, Boris FilŇ°in
stumm - silent
Production Design
Sergei Kozlovsky
DVD, Blu-ray, DCP
93 min.
Stumm mit Piano, Russ. Inserts/d oder f
Anna Stńón (Natasha), Vladimir Michajlov, Vladimir Fogel (Fogelev), Ivan Koval-Samborskij (Ilya Snegiryov), Serafima Birman (Madame Ir√®ne)

Pro Material

artwork artwork artwork artwork

Would you like to show this movie?

Please fill out our form.

Date(s) of screening Screening(s)

Press voices

‚ÄěDas M√§dchen mit der Hutschachtel rechtfertigt Boris Barnets Ruf als Begr√ľnder der Sowjetkom√∂die.‚Äú Bernard Eisenschitz

¬ęBarnets erster Film in Alleinregie ist bereits durchdrungen von seinem Genie: ein Rohdiamant, charmant, romantisch, und eine h√∂chst k√∂rperliche, in ihrer v√∂lligen Unvorhersehbarkeit begl√ľckende Mischung von Melancholie und Ekstase.¬Ľ HC, Filmmuseum