1931-1940ClassicsDramaMark DonskoyUSSR

Mark Donskoy – V lyudyakh AKA My Apprenticeship (1939)

My Apprenticeship (V lyudyakh) was the second entry in Russian director Mark Donskoy’s “Maxim Gorky” trilogy. Picking up where 1938’s My Childhood left off, the story covers the years in Gorky’s life when the future writer (Alexei Lyarsky) was on his own, looking for a purpose and place in life. Before he can make up his own mind, Gorky is trapped into serfdom by a wealthy family. As he grows from his teen years to full manhood, Gorky fights his way towards freedom of thought and body. Based on Gorky’s autobiography, the film was followed in 1940 by My Universities. My Apprenticeship has also been released as On His Own and Among People. (Hollywood.com)

We thought the Russians had dealt amply with his boyhood in “Childhood of Maxim Gorky” last September, but apparently they felt they had only scratched the surface of his life in old Nizhni Novgorod. In “On His Own,” offered at the Cameo yesterday, young Maxim still is being kicked and cuffed by his elders, is looking wide-eyed at the world’s misery and seeking stubbornly for some clue to the meaning and dignity of life. (…) Director Mark Donskoy again has conjured up so vivid a picture of Russia in the last century and has presented it so naturally that one has no thought of studio or actors, but accepts it as the work of some marvelous time and space machine. (…) (New York Times, 11.13.1939)

1.38GB | 1h 40m | 716×576 | mkv


Subtitles:English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian (vobsub)

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