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Pedagogicheskaya poema

AKA: Road to Life

Country: Soviet Union

Genre: Biography, Drama, Historical Drama



In 1920, in the Ukrainian village of Poltava, the first Soviet colony for street boys (the equivalent of an American 'Boys' Town') was created. This film tells the story of the rebellious and defiant kids and how Anton Makarenko, the colony's director, sought to rehabilitate them through allowing them to govern themselves.


  • The title of this film is Russian for "The Pedagogical Poem".
  • Based on the three-volume novel of the same name (published 1925-1935) by the great Soviet educator Anton Makarenko (1888-1939), which was a fictionalised account of Makarenko's work as director of the Gorky Colony, a reform school for juvenile delinquents in the 1920s.
  • This film was screened at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

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  • Vladimir Yemelyanov
    (Anton Semyonovich Makarenko)
  • Mykhailo Pokotylo
    (Kalina Ivanovich)
  • Pavel Kadochnikov
    (Aleksei Maximovich 'Maxim' Gorky)
  • Georgiy Yumatov
    (Sasha Zadorov)
  • Rolan Bykov
    (Stepan Perets)
  • Yulian Panich
    (Semyen Karabanov)
  • Misha Chernov
    (Anton Semyenovich 'Toska' Solovyev)
  • V. Poplavets
    (Vanya Zaichenko)

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