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Stalinist Cinema and the Production of HistoryMuseum of the Revolution$
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Evgeny Dobrenko

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634453

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634453.001.0001

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(Autobio/Bio/Hagio)graphy: Peshkov — Gorky — Donskoi

(Autobio/Bio/Hagio)graphy: Peshkov — Gorky — Donskoi

(p.142) 4. (Autobio/Bio/Hagio)graphy: Peshkov — Gorky — Donskoi
Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Evgeny Dobrenko

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the film Gorky Trilogy, directed by Mark Donskoi and based on the autobiography of Maxim Gorky. It suggests that Gorky's creation of a biography of a certain Alyosha Peshkov who really existed, and Donskoi's creation of the film trilogy which transformed the life of the character described by Gorky into a saint's life, compel one to think that the purity of biographical film genres is entirely conventional. The chapter also discusses Grigory Vinokur's view that the author of an autobio/bio/hagiography has to deal with the continually elusive subject of ‘graphy’, which is related both the genre and the object of the representation itself.

Keywords:   Gorky Trilogy, Mark Donskoi, Maxim Gorky, autobiography, Alyosha Peshkov, biographical film, Grigory Vinokur

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