Mark DONSKOY
Марк ДОНСКОЙ
Marc DONSKOI
USSR, 1938, 101mn 
Black and white, fiction
Detstvo Gorkovo
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Детство Горького

 

 The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

 L'Enfance de Gorki

 
Directed by : Mark DONSKOY (Марк ДОНСКОЙ)
Writing credits : Ilya GRUZDEV (Илья ГРУЗДЕВ)
 
Cast
Yelizaveta ALEKSEYEVA (Елизавета АЛЕКСЕЕВА) ...Varvara
Aleksey LYARSKY (Алексей ЛЯРСКИЙ) ...Alecha Pechkov
Varvara MASALITINOVA (Варвара МАССАЛИТИНОВА) ...Akoulina Ivanovna, la grand-mère
Vasili NOVIKOV (Василий НОВИКОВ)
Daniil SAGAL (Даниил САГАЛ) ...Gouri Pletnev
Mikhail TROYANOVSKY (Михаил ТРОЯНОВСКИЙ) ...Kachirine, le grand-père
 
Cinematography : Pyotr ERMOLOV (Пётр ЕРМОЛОВ)
Production design : Ivan STEPANOV (Иван СТЕПАНОВ)
Music : Lev SCHWARTZ (Лев ШВАРЦ)
Sound : Nikolay OZORNOV (Николай ОЗОРНОВ)
Restauration : 1977 (Studio Gorki)
Release Date in Russia : 16/06/1938
 

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Image Entertainment
Editor : Ruscico.
Sous-titres : RU EN FR ES IT DE PT

Plot synopsis
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, 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.
Source : www.lib.berkeley.edu/
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- L'URSS des cinéastes à la Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : deuxième partie, Paris (France), 2017
- Festival de cinéma russe au cinéma Le Méliès à Montreuil, Montreuil (France), 2009
- Retrospective Russian cinema at the "Reflet Médicis", Paris (France), 2009
- Europalia Russia 2005, Brussels (Belgium), 2005
- Russian films in the cinema Arlequin, Paris (France), 2005
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 2002