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Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Ivanovo detstvo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 27 June 1963 (USA)
In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.

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(as Andrey Tarkovskiy), (uncredited)

Writers:

(story "Ivan") (as V. Bogomolov), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Ivan Bondarev (as Kolya Burlyaev)
Valentin Zubkov ...
Leonid Kholin (as V. Zubkov)
Evgeniy Zharikov ...
Galtsev (as Ye. Zharikov)
Stepan Krylov ...
Katasonov (as S. Krylov)
Nikolay Grinko ...
Gryaznov (as N. Grinko)
Dmitri Milyutenko ...
Old Man (as D. Milyutenko)
Valentina Malyavina ...
Masha (as V. Malyavina)
Irina Tarkovskaya ...
Ivan's Mother (as I. Tarkovskaya)
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Soldier with glasses (as A. Konchalovskiy)
Ivan Savkin ...
(as I. Savkin)
Vladimir Marenkov ...
(as V. Marenkov)
Vera Miturich ...
Girl
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Storyline

During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care of this boy-child. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1962 Venice Film Festival, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor See more »

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Drama | War

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Trivia

Trostanyets (spelling from the DVD subtitles), the camp mentioned by Ivan, is the Trostinets extermination camp. (Alternative spellings include Maly Trostinets, Maly Trastsianiets and Trascianec.) It was a World War II death camp located at Maly Trostinets ("Little Trostinets"), a village near the outskirts of Minsk. Operating between July 1942 and October 1943, nearly all Jews in Minsk were murdered there. See more »

Goofs

When Kholin and Galtsev take Ivan across the river in the boat, a tree into the water falls near them. It is supposed to be because of the military action taking place, but it can be seen that the base of the tree has been sawn across in a straight line. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: Mamma, there's a cuckoo up there!
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Referenced in The Revenant (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ne velyat Mashe
[Song played on the gramophone. English translation: "Masha is not allowed beyond the river".]
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A memorable film.
28 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film by Tarkovsky depicts the story of Ivan, a child partisan in the eastern front during the second world war. The strength and immersion of the film are quite amazing, although it was made almost forty years ago it has not lost any of it's power and is still absolutely gripping. The dream sequences are especially powerful in the way they show the history and state of mind of the young Ivan.

The acting is very good and so are all the other aspects such as editing and cinematography that is exceptionally good. Overall the film is an example of directorial excellence, from a very simple story Tarkovsky is able to build a larger history with obvious references to christianity. Questions about humanity and the nature of humankind are in the center of this film and there are many reasons why this is one of the best war films that exist.


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