Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
In my opinion, it's one of those great words that sounds like its own meaning. You call something "ineffable," and I feel like English speakers, even if they don't know the word, have a sense of what you mean. What's even more impressive is that the word means beyond words in a way. It's a word that exists to tell us that some things exist that there are no words for. Not every picture is a thousand words. Some are only a sentence or two. Some are a couple pages. And some...well, they're ineffable.
There's very little that compares (for me) to the endorphins released into my brain, when I figure something out. I loved puzzles as a child,…
A devastating, poetic and stunning depiction of war. There are no battle scenes, all we experience is the consequences of war: one moment Ivan is taking or making commands and works like a soldier, the next he's dreaming of his childhood with his mother. Its a very simple film, but there's such a strength and power underneath because of the direction, cinematography and its atmosphere. The shot of Ivan sleeping with the camera sweeping away and looking up the well, where Ivan and his mother are standing, was one of the most beautiful dream transitions i've seen. But there are endless beautiful and haunting moments in this film, especially the low-angle kiss shot, Ivan becoming the ghost of a Nazi,…
impressions of war. Tarkovsky's first tinkerings with time... florid, free-floating psychological imprints serving to underscore the banality of real-world war. 4 dreams bound by 1 nightmare. formative work from a hired gun, but masha hanging above the trenches and the well to the stars point towards a career that would ascend to worlds unknown.
can't imagine it's a happy accident that Criterion is re-releasing this and THE TIN DRUM in the same month. echoes abound.
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Ivan's Childhood is a film that portrays the horrifying nature of war better than most, yet very little actual combat is shown. Personally, I don't need a constant stream of bodies collapsing to the ground, missing limbs and barely breathing soldiers desperately trying to cover wounds to remind me of just how destructive mass violence and chaos can be on humanity. Andrei Tarkovsky centered this film around a 12 year old boy named Ivan, a child seemingly adopted by the military after he is orphaned as a result of war. We see these men handle him both as the child he is, with kid gloves so to speak, but also with…
Ivan's Childhood is a lyrical war movie, an emotional, poetic experience. It's about childhood and war, two aspects of life far apart but flung together in this world. It is not the most sophisticated Andrei Tarkovsky movie, nor the most moving or artistic, but it has an elegant simplicity to it. Ivan's Childhood is about nature and innocence, surrounded by the stink of war.
Ivan is a child of war, having had to live a difficult life and grow up quick. As a child though, this world overwhelms him and he doesn't quite understand it. Ivan is convinced he has to fight, he thinks everyone should, and this seems to be his way to cope with trauma. He wants revenge,…
Finally I watched my first Andrei Tarkovsky Film.
Film starts with Ivan chasing a bird and meeting his mother but suddenly he wakes up from his dream. He is in a windmill sleeping. He is now a spy for army. But his superior send him to military school. But he doesn't want to go, instead he wants to go across the river. He runs away. But he is taken by his superior again. He then spends his time at the headquarter and finally goes across the river.
Andrei Tarkovsky he likes to play with his camera. He has done so many different takes and angle with the camera and how he has implemented it is just a dream for me.…
Ein Anti-Kriegsfilm für immer dann sehr gut, wenn nicht der Krieg an sich gezeigt wird, sondern seine Folgen. Und Ivan ist die Verkörperung der Kriegsfolgen: Seine Familie ist von Soldaten ermordet worden und schlussendlich stirbt er selbst als Gefangener der Deutschen. Wir als Zuschauer sehen aber immer nur die Folgen, nicht die Handlung. So fallen wir nicht ungewollt in Begeisterung wie beispielsweise in Apocalypse Now, wobei das eine andere, problematischere Form des Kriegsfilm ist, da es ein hohes Maß an Selbstreflexion benötigt. Ivans Kindheit ist tragisch und berührend und ist einer der wenigen Tarkowski Filme, die eine recht konventionelle Story erzählen und ist somit vieleicht der beste Film um mit Tarkowskis Filmografie zu starten.
tarkovsky's debut is one of the most pictorial of its kind, harnessing a rich palette of deep focus monochrome and surreal editing in service to the dreamlike and the waking terror, a child finds his very spirit ensnared by the ravages of total warfare
The first feature film by Tarkovsky and very different from the past 3 films that I have seen by him. The past 3 films have a lot more dialogue as well as very philosophical dialogue. Tarkovsky seeks to communicate his message solely by acting and images in this. The message is the effects of war that happens to children. Often times we think of war and it’s effects on adults and movies focus on that. Tarkovsky brilliantly makes his movie focus on a child and his journey from days at home to days on the run. Like all of his films there are images in this that are unforgettable and shot so magnificently. I’m excited to watch this again. Not the top of my list out of the 4 that I have seen by Tarkovsky but a very good and moving film none the less.
It's been (a few) years since I've last seen this, and it was worth rewatching to refresh my memory of the imagery alone. But two aspects impressed me this time that I didn't remember from so clearly last time:
1. The staging and camerawork are so so good. There's lots of shots here that are more refined in Tarkovsky's later films (kinda Lynchy like that), but the movement on screen is telling stories without any kind of verbalization (again, this gets refined over films).
2. There's much more dark comedy than I remember. The patriarchal relationship between the military commanders and Ivan is almost played as farce in some scenes.
This would be a good double feature along with "Paths of Glory"
The photography here is beyond breathtaking, but, as is typical with me and Tarkovsky, I felt a bit like a literalist struggling to absorb a poem as I watched it, forgetting that sometimes craft IS the art.
Father Tarkovsky. What can I say? Here’s your first shot at a feature film and you go ahead and make one of the most beautiful films ever made. How can one artist be so perfect? Is it because the world is not perfect? Father Tarkovsky, I declare today that you brought trees and water back to life; back to life for us sick and spoilt cineholics whose intellectual journey has stumbled upon your magnificent stone.
Ivan’s Childhood is a film about a boy Ivan whose portrayal at the beginning is so lively that we expect walks in the beaches, suave gentlemen dinners surrounding his beach house, his mother as beautiful and sacrificing as an angel. But the frame disrupts to…
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Not a review, just some personal notes:
Early in the film, Ivan wakes up from a dream. Shortly after this, the second most important character is introduced in a waking-up scene as well. You see the young Lieutenant Galtsev's hand dangling, palm up and fingers curled, as he was sleeping. The camera lingers, and it's lit against a dark background. Later, Lieutenant Galtsev grabs Ivan's wrist, and you see Ivan's hand in the a similar configuration, palm up and fingers curled, lit in a similar way as well.
Is Tarkovsky making a connection between Ivan's obvious youth, and the young adulthood of the Lieutenant, who looks barely 19 or 20 (and a bit like a fuller featured Alain Delon).
My first ever Tarkovsky feature
the contrast between the expressionist, dream-sequences and the extreme realism during wartime perfectly portrays the destruction of innocence within people, caused by war and constant surrounding of violence.
From a technical aspect this film is insanely well-made. Especially as a feature debut! The cinematography is very Stunning (I could watch that birch sequence on a loop for hours) and the camera movements are very innovative.
Includes some of my -now- favorite shots in film
Really love how Masha's subplot reflects the main plot.
Difficult, slow-paced, but also a very enchanting, yet disturbingly bleak experience.
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