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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...more


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