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The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

Sep. 27, 1938Soviet Union98 Min.PG
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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
Original title Детство Горького
IMDb Rating 7.3 549 votes
TMDb Rating 7.2 10 votes


Mark Donskoy


Aleksei Lyarsky isAleksei Peshkov (as Alyosha Lyarsky)
Aleksei Peshkov (as Alyosha Lyarsky)
Varvara Massalitinova isAkulina Ivanva Kashirin
Akulina Ivanva Kashirin
Mikhail Troyanovsky isVasili Vasilyevich Kashirin
Vasili Vasilyevich Kashirin
Yelizaveta Alekseyeva isVarvara Kashirina Peshkova
Varvara Kashirina Peshkova
Aleksandr Zhukov isMikhail Kashirin
Mikhail Kashirin
K. Zubkov isOld Grigori
Old Grigori

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