The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

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The spanking scene.

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky is (Russian: Детство Горького Detstvo Gorkogo, "Gorky's childhood") is a 1938 biopic of the Soviet writer Maxim Gorky, depicting his early life.

The spanking scene[edit]

Illustration for Maxim Gorky's story "Детство" ("childhood"), which seems reflected in the movie scene.

The spanking scene is in typical Russian style: a bench and a stock of brined switches (rods) are prepared to inflict the punishment. The condemned boy begins to lament or beg heartrendingly, but receives no mercy and has to undo his belt and comply. The boy is laid lengthwise over the bench, face down, and tied to the bench with a length of cloth around his shoulders. A young man (perhaps a servant or older brother) is assisting. He is holding the boy's feet so he is completely restrained. His bottom must be bared, but the camera is discreet and doesn't show it directly. His father begins to switch him cruelly while his siblings watch the scene in horror. One brother can no longer stand watching it and a tumult arises. The chastisement continues in turmoil.

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