The son of a worthless alcoholic father and a hardworking mother leads
an illegal strike during the failed 1905 uprising. In an attempt to save
her son, the mother inadvertently gives him away to the police, but
gradually turns to communism after experiencing injustice and suffering.
Pudovkin’s first feature turns Maxim Gorky’s rambling novel into a
tightly constructed narrative. The film’s emotional and visual impact
has not diminished with time, nor has Baranovskaya’s
performance. – Holt’s Foreign Film Guide.
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin. Script; Nathan Zarkhi, Vsevolod Pudovkin.
Photo; Anatoli Golovnya. Cast; Vera Baranovskaya, A.P. Khristiakov,
Nikolai Batalov, Ivan Koval-Samborski, Anna Zemtsova, Vsevolod Pudovkin.
Language(s):Silent, English intertitles