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

Evgeny Dobrenko

in Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634453
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653607 | DOI:
(Autobio/Bio/Hagio)graphy: Peshkov — Gorky — Donskoi

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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

Chapter.  12005 words. 

Subjects: Film

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