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The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Detstvo Gorkogo) (1938)

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Detstvo Gorkogo)

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The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Detstvo Gorkovo) was the first of Russian director Mark Donski's trilogy based upon Gorky's memoirs. Alexei Lyarsky plays the young Maxim, who grows up under the czarist regime with his grandparents as guardians. Continually demeaned by his martinet grandfather, Maxim is drawn to his warm-hearted grandmother (Varvara Massalitinova), who instills in him the willingness to pursue his writing muse. Gorky's (and Donski's) deep abiding love for Russia is conveyed through the film's remarkably romanticist landscape shots along the Volga River, which cry out for Technicolor. The Childhood of Maxim Gorky was followed over the next two years by My Apprenticeship (aka Out in the World), which detailed Gorky's life as a ship's cook and erstwhile painter, and My Universities. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Maxim Gorky, Ilya Gruzdev
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On DVD: Jul 23, 2002
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Cast

Mikhail Troyanovsky
as Grandfather Kashirin
Alexei Lyarsky
as Alexei Peshkov (Gork...
E. Alexeyeva
as Varvara
V.K. Novikov
as Uncle Yakov
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A dramatization of Gorky's autobiography, chronicling his life as a child dealing with an absent mother, an abusive grandfather, and poverty. It's certainly filmed very nicely and some of the anecdotes are interesting, but they're not put together in any compelling way. Some of the acting is quite poor as well. All in all, it's a watchable movie but nothing to get too excited about.

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