The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938)

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1h 36min
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Synopsis:
"My Childhood" is the first part of Mark Donskoi's epic trilogy based on the autobiography of the writer Maxim Gorky. The film shows the early life of the writer with his grandparents on the Volga. Film critic Georges Sadoul places the Gorky Trilogy "among the best Russian films of the thirties.... The expression 'revolutionary romanticism' applies perfectly to these three very beautiful films whose value is increased by their fidelity to Gorky's original autobiographical works".
Actors:
Aleksei Lyarsky, , , Yelizaveta Alekseyeva, , , K. Zubkov, , Sergey Tikhonravov, Igor Smirnov, E. Mamaev, V. Korochentchikov
Directors:
Mark Donskoy
Writers:
Mark Donskoy, Maxim Gorky, Ilya Gruzdev
Aka:
Detstvo Gorkogo
Studio:
Hyperkino
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Russia, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English, Russian
Subtitles:
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Hyperkino Commentary by Jeremy Hicks
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature: Hyperkino Annotated Version (Russian and English)
Disc 2:
This disc includes the main feature: Subtitled Version (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese)

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Not the alternative to Eisenstein you are looking for. - The Childhood of Maxim Gorky review by VW

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24/10/2016

If you are hoping to find another Soviet masterpiece in the mould of Eisenstein then be warned this is a very different prospect. The Childhood of Maxim Gorky is a rather conventional and very dull biopic not dissimilar to Hollywood biopics of the same era. It has no visual flair and the performances are pretty flat. It is far too deferential to its source material.

The film probably has some historical interest in that (I presume) this is what happened to Soviet cinema when the avant-garde were suppressed. Avoid.

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