Mark Donskoi may not be as familiar to Western audiences as Eisenstein, Pudovkin, or Dovzhenko; his films are in no way as readily recalled as Battleship Potemkin, Mother , or Earth. Like other Soviet filmmakers, he propagandizes about the glories of the Bolshevik Revolution and highlights the life of Lenin. But Donskoi's great and unique contribution to Russian cinema is his adaption to the screen of Maxim Gorki's autobiographical trilogy: The Childhood of Gorki, My Apprenticeship , and My Universities , all based on the early life of the famed writer and shot during the late 1930s.

3 x DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:35:36 + 01:36:27 + 01:36:58
19.2 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Russian, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Deutsch, Portugues
Genre: Drama, Biography

Director: Mark Donskoy
Country: Soviet Union


Childhood of Maxim Gorky / Detstvo Gorkogo / Детство Горького

The late 19th century. The city of Nizhny Novgorod. Wharves, the Volga accent, songs and people – good and bad, wretched and cruel. That was the atmosphere in which Alyosha Peshkov, the future great Russian writer Maxim Gorky, spent his childhood.
His life in the Kashirin family was not easy: his uncles’ constant squabbling and fights for inheritance, beatings for a slightest fault. Only one person, his grandmother Akulina Ivanovna, pities the boy. After his grandfather got absolutely ruined, Alyosha had to earn his living himself. And he goes "into the world"...

Special Features:
• Text material about writer Maxim Gorkiy
• Maxim Gorki's Speech
• Photo album "Mark Donskoy"
• Filmographies
• Soon on DVD


My Apprenticeship / V lyudyakh / В людях

Alyosha Peshkov leaves the house of his grandfather and goes “into the world”, to earn his living. He works as a “boy” for his draughtsman uncle, as a dishwasher on one of the Volga ships, as a pupil at an icon-workshop. A kind, devoid of cruelty boy, he cannot accept the injustice reigning around him, bravely fights for the truth and… loses his job and shelter again.

Special Features:
• Text material about writer Maxim Gorkiy
• Maxim Gorkogo's Museum
• Photo album "Mark Donskoy"
• Filmographies
• Soon on DVD


My Universities / Moi universitety / Мои университеты

Alyosha Peshkov comes to Kazan to study. The university proved an unreachable dream for him, and he had to look for a job and live without a permanent shelter. The young Peshkov’s thoughts are as oppressive as his life. At a moment of desperation he decides to commit suicide...

Special features:
• Text material about writer Maxim Gorky
• Interview with L.A. Spiridonovoj - to the expert of creativity M. Gorky
• Photo album "Mark Donskoy"
• Filmographies
• Soon on DVD

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