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.
По автобиографической трилогии М. Горького.
|The Childhood of Maxim Gorky||USA|
|L'enfance de Gorky||France|
|L'enfance de Maxime Gorki||France|
|Gorky 1: The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (World-wide)|
|Gorky Trilogy I (World-wide)|
|A Infância de Górk||Brazil|
|La infancia de Maxim Gorky||Argentina|
|L'infanzia di Gorki||Italy|
|De Jeugd van Maxim Gorki||Netherlands|
|Maksim Gorkijs liv. 1. Barndom||Norway|
|My Childhood (short title)||USA|
|Ta paidika hronia tou Maxim Gorky (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)||Greece|
|Aleksei Lyarsky ||Aleksei Peshkov (later, Maxim Gorky)|
|Igor Smirnov||Alexei, aka 'Lenka' or 'Lex', a crippled boy|
|E. Mamaev||Sacha Kashirin, nephew|
|V. Korochentchikov||Mikhail's son, also named Sacha|