Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Tarkovsky’s debut feature, is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-torn youth. Shifting between the traumatic realities of WWII and serene moments of family life, the film is a jarring, unforgettable depiction of the impact of war on children.
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The horrors of war as told through the eyes of a child, in one of the best child performances since Jean Pierre Leaud in The 400 Blows. Tarkovsky paints a hauntingly beautiful film that shows the horrors of war in stark black and white making it feel even more gruesome. The cinematography feels like a dream.
Ivan's Childhood. Its not only about Ivan's life but it stands as a symbol for the many Russian lives shattered by the war. This is an elliptical,sad,poetic,reflexsive, film, that is, it doesn't reveal everything - it suggests. It requires to use your brain and imagination to watch it. 9/10
The first full-length feature by one of cinema's greatest masters. Note how all of Tarkovsky's films have water in them: dripping water, pools of water..Water represents the subconscious, in Tarot, and in Tarkovsky's films...
Fairly generic Soviet war heroics and sacrifice film, but enlived by Tarkovsky's wonderful visual sense, already present in his first feature. Tarkovsky already shows his preference for dreamlike long takes and highly mobile camera (influenced by Kalatozov and Urusevsky), and images of nature, especially water. (P.S. The Criterion DVD transfer is stunning!)
The photography on this film and the compositions are some of the best I have ever seen. I wish the narrative was a little more involving, which would have made it 5-stars for me, but it is still a really great film! Tarkovsky is the man!
From the first instances the cinematography is incredible. The dream sequences littered across the film are sweet and nostalgic, and well shot. In some way, I see many similarities between The 400 Blows and this. Probably the best Tarkovsky film to watch first. Either this one or The Sacrifice.
the very first by the god of andrei tarkovsky. and as such the first masterpiece. a highly significant work which influenced his other great contemporary shepitko to no end. it is brutal, poetic and in the end shares a duality between its hope and its desolation. the visual beauty is typical tarkovsky even if the trademark hasnt quite developed. a masterwork of soviet cinema, and an incredibly subversive text.