Overall Rank: 1293
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 30
Theatrical Release Date: 06/27/1963
Genre: Drama, War
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Actors: Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Yevgeni Zharikov, Stepan Krylov, Nikolai Grinko, Dmitri Milyutenko
Plot: During WWII, a young boy works as a spy on the Eastern Front - small enough to cross German lines unnoticed. Three soviet officers do their best to look after the boy/spy. -- Chris Kavan
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GJ81 - wrote on 03/19/2009
One of the most beautifully shot films ever made. Whether the plot excites you or not, there is no doubting the brilliance of the Cinematography. Its stunning to look at.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 09/20/2016
Ivan’s Childhood (Ivanovo Detstvo) is everything that I love about cinema. The cinematography, the direction, the unique transmissions and the atmosphere are what makes this a war movie like no other. I would describe this as a sinister fairy tale with a sense of visual poetry. What makes this even more impressive is that this is Andrei Tarkovsky first major film and already we got our first taste of Tarkovsky haunting vision.
Nikolai Burlyayev is one of the best child actors I've ever seen in a movie. He completely blew me away in this, as he is the one that delivered all the hard hitting emotions that happens around him. It's pretty heartbreaking to witness shell shock from a young boy.
This is definitely worth seeing. It's absolutely unmissable.
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