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

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

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This debut feature-length wartime drama by noted Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky was a remarkable introduction to a remarkable career. The poetic touch of Tarkovsky's hand and his measured pace is already evident as the tale of the young, twelve-year-old Ivan (Nikolai Burlyayev) evolves. Ivan is orphaned after his village is wiped out by an invading Nazi army and as a consequence, he ends up in a prison camp. The inventive lad escapes and is adopted by Captain Kholin (Valentin Zubkov), whose

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Jul 24, 2007

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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
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It feels stylistically as fresh as if it had been made yesterday -- even to some very striking use of handheld camerawork. It's really something of a masterpiece.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The plot is straight out of the grayish, state-approved, thesis-tidy Ballad of a Soldier bin, but the landscapes and visions are Andrei Tarkovsky's and nobody else's

November 21, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Even in this, his first feature, we see that Andrei Tarkovsky is compelled by memories of precious things.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Much more than a war film about a young boy, My Name Is Ivan is a pure film experience.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Leaves us with a haunting vision of war and what it does to children.

July 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tarkovsky deviated from the conventional dictums of Socialist realism, providing an unusual combination of psychological realism and a haunting, surrealistic imagery of an adolescent, who was rubbed off his childhood.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Tarkovsky's most underrated film, simple but riveting.

December 22, 2003
eCinemaCenter.com

[A] visually poetic portrait of a 12-year-old Russian orphan during WWII.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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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.
June 21, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
June 29, 2013
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danny d

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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.
May 20, 2013
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Greg S

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From the Criterion Collection Spine Number 397, this is a excellent Russian film about a young boy who is actually a spy for the Russians against the Germans in WWII. A very capturing story. In Russian with English subtitles. The child is an excellent actor, afraid of nothing. A good Black and White Film. A treasure in this collection worth 4 1/2 stars
November 10, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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