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