Boris Barnet (1902-1965) was born in Moscow. His father was an English printer. After returning from the war he trained as a boxing instructor. However, his passion for the arts led him to act and then later to direct. In 1927 he shot his first feature, The Girl with a Hatbox. His 1928 film The House on Trubnaya, was rediscovered in the mid-1990s and now ranks as one of the classic Russian silent films. He was admired, among many, by Andrei Tarkovsky.