Unbelievable filmmaker who turns a dense formal premise into a fictional breeze, by creating theater, ideological register and social characterization with constructivist methods of editing and shoot. All this in a whole from which we get a mere and simple feeling of lightness! In fact, generally, he's the "light(er)" of the great Russian classic filmmakers, breaking with the seriousness that characterizes them.
'Are you in an Union?' 'No, I'm a virgin.' Humorous Russian silent comedy that enjoys satirizing social conventions, trade unions and worker exploitation in its tale of a country girl hired as a maid in the big city. Interesting camera placements and effects throughout and a rousing central performance by Vera Maretskaya.
Convinces me that the best use for Soviet montage is comedy. Some truly funny and surreal moments here, including a title card ten minutes in that reads: "Wait, we forgot to tell you how the duck ended up in Moscow"... then rewinds the film. The section that delves into the importance of Union membership and voting (in a one-party state!) is admittedly tedious, but there's so much good stuff here it hardly matters.
Delightful Soviet comedy about a young woman who, through a series of mix-ups, ends up working as a maid in an apartment building whose owners refuse to treat her fairly, even after she joins a union. Deftly mixes social commentary with farcical elements, making it less overtly propagandist than many of its contemporaries. A truly lovely film.