Ivan's Childhood (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Except for this novella, Bogomolov is not widely known outside Russia. However, it was translated and anthologized widely around the world. Look for Bernard Isaac's translation into British English. It has the atmosphere of reality. It is punctuated it with references to real places, the Dnieper River, the town Gomel, where Ivan was born, and the Trostyanets death camp; even official Red Army and SS documents have an authentic flavor.
The novella is told in the first person narrative of a Red Army lieutenant. Ivan is about 12 and a "scout", or reconnaissance spy, sneaking across the swampy Dnieper River into the night and behind German lines. The war made him an orphan and filled him with maddening hatred and desperation for revenge. He has been with partisans, in a death camp, and wounded by friendly fire returning from a mission one night. The soldiers are amazed he's been through so much.
There is the pun, of course: Ivan's last name is Bondarev, Ivan Bondarev, that is, John Bond. In the story, it's an intelligence cover name.Read more ›
It is actually a very remarkable movie and one that the world took notice of (including ingmar bergman who was influenced a lot by this movie)..
This is the work of a young director experimenting with a new cinematic technique.. The results are very interesting and Ivan's childhood remains a classic of 60's cinema..
(ESPAÑOL) Mi nombre es Iván, también conocida como La Infancia de Iván, es la primera película de Andrei Tarkovski. Trata de un niño ruso de diez años que espía campos enemigos durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.Iván ha perdido a su madre y ahora sólo busca dos cosas: venganza y alguien que se ocupe de él. Se ve muy valiente, pero cada noche puede ver su muerte más cercana. Para mí, que en Cuba he visto como los niños son educados en la defensa del comunismo, aprendiendo desde pequeños el funcionamiento de las armas de guerra, Iván representa el producto de un sistema. El drama no puede ser más poético y la fotografía en blanco y negro es grandiosa. En fin, La Infancia de Iván o Mi Nombre es Iván es una película excelente acerca de las víctimas de la guerra que mucha gente no conoce,pues no se entierran con honores. Sin embargo, esta obra es sólo el comienzo de la carrera de un gran director ruso que siempre tuvo el tema del conflicto entre los humanos presente en sus creaciones.
(ENGLISH) "My Name is Ivan" (also called Ivan's Chilhood) is Andrei Tarkovski's first movie. It is about a russian ten years old kid who spies enemy fields during World War II. Ivan has lost his mother and looks for two things: revenge, and someone who takes care of him. He looks very brave, but every night he sees his death getting nearer. For me, who have been at Cuba and have seen the way children are educated in defending comunism, learnig since they're kids the working of weapons and tanks, Ivan represents the product of a system.Read more ›
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It was pretty good. Especially the historical footage at the end.Published 5 months ago by Joe Veilleux
Ivan is deeply involved in the war fighting against the Nazi invaders. What makes this war movie so special
is when Ivan dreams he is just a regular child enjoying pre war... Read more
In 1962, Andrei Tarkovsky was the Russian producer of the movie, Ivan's Childhood. This movie presents a Russian Boy on the verge of puberty, who is orphaned by the ravages of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gary W. Phelps
Not much shoot-em-up-bang-bang as war films go, but BEAUTIFULLY shot/edited - a true piece of art.Published 18 months ago by Anthony Prudori
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