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Ivan’s Childhood

(Ivanovo detstvo)
(My Name Is Ivan)

BAMPFA Collection Print

featuring

Kolya Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, E. Zharikov, S. Krylov,

Few debuts match the unequivocal power of Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood, a technical tour-de-force of flying crane shots, absurd angles, and arresting lighting merged with a powerful tale of war, violence, and childhood. Few are left alive along the Russian/German front of World War II, but twelve-year-old Ivan still moves, and still stalks, a young child turned into a “soldier boy.” Wandering through bombed-out ruins, birch forests, and frozen lands, Ivan is both hero and monster, innocence and decline, his only solace the memories of a mother long since missing. Ivan’s Childhood won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and announced the arrival of a major new talent.

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Mikhail Papava
  • Vladimir Bogomolov
Cinematographer
  • Vadim Yusov
Language
  • Russian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 95 mins
Source
  • BAMPFA
Permission
  • Janus Films