IVAN’S CHILDHOOD


Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 


Ivano detstvo

USSR, 1962, 97 min

Shown in 1962

CREDITS

dir
Andrei Tarkovsky
scr
Vladimir Bogomolov, Mikhail Papava
cam
Vadim Yusov
editor
Lydumila Feiginova
mus
Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov
cast
Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Valentina Malyavina, Yevgeni Zharikov, Stepan Krylov

OTHER

prod co
Mosfilm
source
Mosfilm
gga award
Best Director, Andrei Tarkovsky: Feature Length Films

COMMENTS

Andrei Tarkovsky in person.
Ivan’s Childhood

After the entire family of 12-year-old Ivan (Nikolay Burliaev) is killed by Germans, the boy decides to get revenge and becomes a Russian spy. Being such a young boy he is able to go places that other spies would never be able to reach. The story teeters on the edge between a true war horror story and a fantasy told partially in flashback. Young Ivan often day dreams of his mother who is no longer alive and her appearances make us question whether or not she is really there. A poetically directed antiwar film that also shows the beauty of the landscape.

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