Cross Currents in Russian Literature, Film and Music
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
One thinks of Tom Sawyer as the quintessential American story, which makes it all the more surprising to see this 1936 Soviet interpretation of the adventure tale with Kolya Katsovitch as young Tom. Seems Stalin appreciated the boyhood anarchist spirit of young Tom. Vera Nabokov apparently wasn't so charmed, and refused to let her son Dmitri read the book in any language, citing Tom's adolescent love for Becky Thatcher, among other things, a bad influence on her young son.