Rent Ivan's Childhood (1962)

3.9 of 5 from 138 ratings
1h 31min
Rent Ivan's Childhood (aka Ivanovo detstvo) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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A determined 12-year-old boy named Ivan joins a Russian partisan regiment as a scout due to his uncanny ability to slip quickly through enemy lines undetected. But as his missions become increasingly dangerous he is pulled from duty, something which he is quick to protest against because Ivan has an ulterior motive - to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the Nazis. Andrei Tarkovsky's first feature film is regarded as one of the most accomplished cinematic debuts and launched the career of the most influential and admired Russian filmmaker in history.
, , Evgeniy Zharikov, , , Dmitri Milyutenko, Valentina Malyavina, , , , , Vera Miturich
, Eduard Abalov
G. Natanson
Vladimir Bogomolov
Ivanovo detstvo
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Russia, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama

1962 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Ex-aequo

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Run Time:
91 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Interviews with actor E Zharikov, director of photography Vadim Yusov, composer Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov
  • 'Children Of The War' featurette
  • 'Memory' featurette
  • Trailers
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Run Time:
94 minutes
  • Interview with Composer Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov
  • Interview with Cinematographer Vadim Yusov
  • Interview with Actor Evgeniy Zharikov
  • Andrei Tarkovsky's Metaphysical
  • Dream Zone: Selected Scene Commentary by Psychoanalyst Mary Wild

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Reviews (1) of Ivan's Childhood

Solid Tarkovsky debut - Ivan's Childhood review by Oli

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It's a solid debut from Tarkovsky, it is about an hour and 34 minutes but it feels much longer, I did feel myself getting bored through it though. Ivan is part of the Russian army in WWII and immediately he is seen having strong dreams relating to his mothers death, these are probably one of the strong parts of this film as it shows childhood and how strong he is for his age. He is highly respected in the army, but one of the officers soon informs him he will be sent to a bording military school, Ivan protests this as much as he can but still can't get his wish, so he tells them he will run away. It's a decent film though I feel like the other 4 Tarkovsky films I've seen were much stronger, nevertheless for a debut you can enjoy it and it is more like a sign to come of Tarkovskys powerful images and thoughts, memories etc. Also has a really good ending, although I wont ruin it!

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