Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy) (1962)

Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy)




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Andrei Tartovsky's debut feature chronicles the horrors witnessed by a 12-year-old boy (Kolya Burlaiev) who is working as a Soviet scout behind enemy lines during World War II to seek out the Germans who left him an orphan.

Rating: Unrated
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Written By: Vladimir Bogomolov, Mikhail Papava
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On DVD: Jul 24, 2007
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as Capt. Kholin

as Lt. Galtsev

as Lt. Galtsev

as Cpl. Katasonych

as Col. Gryaznov

as Katasonych

as Ivan's Mother

as Bespectacled Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy)

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Director Andrei Tarkovsky has mixed daring with poetry in making this film: he shows the Soviet hero as an individual troubled with the doubts and complexities of other humans.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
TIME Magazine
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While the emotional weight of Ivan is clear from the first frames -- Tarkovsky doesn't stray from making us feel the pain of Ivan's world -- there is that sense of music the director is so intent on conveying.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Beauty, poetry and sadness are certainly lodged in its brief dramatic span, to be seized and embraced by anybody who will give a compassionate mind to it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013

Audience Reviews for Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy)

Ivan's Childhood is a fine, well crafted picture that showcases the subtlety of Andrei Tarkovsky's work. The film is brilliantly crafted with a simple, yet terrific story and it shows that you can pull off something truly wonderful with using the simplest ideas and putting them to a phenomenal style of filmmaking that elevates the film to art. Beautifully done, Tarkovsky crafts another stunning drama that resonates due to its strong characters, powerful story and breathtaking direction. I've said many times before that Tarkovsky was a master of his art, and here, he crafts something that delivers an impressive hour and a half of brilliant entertaining. Here the cast deliver some thoroughly powerful performances. This is another standout picture from a director who clearly is able to push the cinematic medium into new territory that has elevated films significantly. What I loved about the film the most was the idea behind the story, and the way it unfolds. Tarkovsky yet again delivers a stunning work and it's a well crafted work that is exciting, engaging and delivers a dramatic story well worth your time. The film is shot in beautiful black and white and it adds so much to the tone, atmosphere and feel of the movie. This is a stunning piece of cinema that ranks among the finest foreign films ever made, and it is captivating from the first frame onwards. I heavily recommend this film to anyone looking for a truly outstanding piece of cinema, and it's a movie that resonates with its message, and to me it was the loss of innocence due to a tragic occurrence of the main character, and Andrei Tarkovsky captures everything through his lens and in turn creates a stunning and haunting, yet beautiful portrait.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

without question one of the most beautifully shot films in history. realizing that this is tarkovsky's debut only adds to its lure, first time directors just arent supposed to make masterpieces like this. every shot seems so carefully planned, from the trees gleaming off the lake, to the scene in the birch forest, to the various landscapes and even the indoor shots, everything is perfect.

danny d

Super Reviewer

A 12-year old orphan boy works as a scout for the Russian army during WWII, journeying alone into Nazi territory to gather intel on troop positions. Beautifully shot B&W war drama with tasteful dream sequences.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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