Detstvo GorkogoReleased in:
Aleksei Lyarsky, Igor Smirnov, E. Mamaev, V. KorochentchikovSummary:
Alexei Peshkov (who will later assume the pen-name Maxim Gorky) grows up in a small village by the Volga, at the house of his tyrannical grandfather and his kind and wise grandmother. Through the eyes of 12-year-old Alexei we meet an abundance of richly drawn characters in a tapestry of powerful scenes that are funny, sad or cruel - and sometimes all three at once. Donskoy furthermore infuses his film with a visual poetry that is aided immensely by a breathtaking black-and-white cinematography.
Remarkably free of propagandistic intentions and ideological stereotyping, this movie does not judge, condemn nor lecture, but, like Gorky himself, sees the humanity in even the most unsympathetic personalities.Controversial scenesAdded: