Ivanovo detstvo (1962)
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- Ivan's Childhood
- 95 min.
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The film stars a young boy named Ivan who has been ripped of all kinds of innocence that one might find in a child his age. Ivan works with the army, helping them with taking out dangerous and suicidal missions. The film is loaded with symbols and metaphors with an overall mood of sadness yet; one might find it very poetic.
In watching Ivanovo Detstvo, one finds himself somehow indulged in the content of the film without a logical reason, sometimes not understanding what’s going on at all. I personally found the overall story disturbing and yet, it cannot be considered just another war film. You can definitely feel there’s a lot lying beneath that. Ivan’s own personality is a mystery that doesn’t unfold throughout the film. You find yourself witnessing a child who has taken a path that is not meant for children without ever knowing why.
Very accessible by Tarkovsky standards. Strong acting, catching story, and some very simple and strong cinematic effects. The ending is so well done.
So many symbols, such a well created atmosphere, the film never really settles, but always remains floating in a corner of my mind.
I'm Bulgarian and the title Ivanovo Detsvo means exactly Ivan's Childhood.
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This movie ranks #14 in Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
This movie ranks #37 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #40 in War
This movie ranks #41 in Livejournal Russian top 100
This movie ranks #42 in 1960s
This movie ranks #58 in Russian Guild Of Film Critics - Best Russian Films
This movie ranks #77 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #247 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #277 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #370 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #420 in The Criterion Collection