Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo Detstvo)

Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo Detstvo)
  • 1962
  • USSR
  • 1h 35min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Written by: Vladimir Bogomolov, Mikhail Papava
  • Cast: Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Yevgeni Zharikov, Stepan Krylov, Nikolai Grinko, Irma Raush
  • Language: Russian

Gleaming new print of Tarkovsky's debut feature, now looking more impressive than ever. The narrative revolves around a teenage WW2 spy, travelling through the country behind enemy lines. Characteristically breathtaking imagery and an aching sense of spirituality springs naturally from this simple drama of childhood. It is all a far cry from the grandiose and metaphysical reach of this great filmmaker's later work. Essential viewing.

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