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Detstvo Gorkogo
(1938)

AKA: The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

Country: Soviet Union

Genre: Drama

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Synopsis

A 12 year old's journey in life against the tumultuous backdrop of 19th century Russia. Gorky's poverty-stricken childhood formed his life-long compassion for the underdog, and the film is filled with powerful portraits of lower class people whose qualities of integrity and dignity shine through their hopeless circumstances. Among them are Gorky's little orphaned friends, who live out of garbage cans, dreaming of a utopian neverland.

Notes

  • Based on the autobiographical "My Childhood" (1913-14) by Russian and Soviet writer Maxim Gorky (1868-1936), this was the first of a trilogy of films based on Gorky's autobiographical writings, succeeded by V lyudyakh (1939) (AKA "My Apprenticeship", "Out in the World" and "On His Own") and "Moi universitety" ("My Universities", 1940).

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Cast

  • Alyosha Lyarsky
    (Aleksei Peshkov - the future Maxim Gorky)
  • Varvara Massalitinova
    (Akulina Ivanva Kashirin, Aleksei's grandmother)
  • Yelizaveta Alekseyeva
    (Varvara Kashirina Peshkova, Aleksei's mother)
  • K. Zubkov
    (Old Grigori)
  • Daniil Sagal
    (Ivan, aka 'Gypsy')
  • S. Tikhonravov
    (The Lodger)
  • Igor Smirnov
    (Lenka, the crippled boy)
  • E. Mamaev
    (Sasha, Uncle Yakov's son)
  • V. Korochentchikov
    (Sasha, Uncle Mikhail's son)
  • Mikhail Troyanovskiy
    (Vasili Vasilyevich Kashirin, Aleksei's grandfather)
  • Vyacheslav Novikov
    (Uncle Yakov Kashirin)
  • Aleksandr Zhukov
    (Uncle Mikhail Kashirin)
  • A. Korneyev
    (Member of 'The Gang' - uncredited)
  • A. Lebedev
    (Member of 'The Gang' - uncredited)
  • Vladimir Maslatsov
    (Member of 'The Gang' - uncredited)
  • Nikolay Pogodin
    (Member of 'The Gang' - uncredited)
  • B. Radkevich
    (Member of 'The Gang' - uncredited)

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I see this is described as one of the best pre-war Soviet films. I can't argue with that. Eisenstein, with masterpieces like Strike and Alexander Nevsky, was of course the greatest Soviet director of that period -- but he wasn't much given to using boy actors!

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