Maksimka (1952)

Genres - Adventure, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Childhood Drama, Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USSR  |  
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Young Tolya Bovkin plays the title character in the Russian Maximka. Based on a story by K. Stanyukovich, the film traces the life of a cheerful black orphan who is adopted by a band of Russian sailors. The boy's presence has a very positive effect upon these rough-and-tumble guys. None is more profoundly affected than hard-drinking deckhand Luchkin (Boris Andreyev), whose regeneration takes up most of the film's running time. Of interest is the art directors' concept of what such port cities as Havana and Hong Kong must have looked like in 1864 (by 1959, of course, the Soviets would have a pretty good grasp on the topography of Cuba!)

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adoption, orphan, sailor