"Ivan's Childhood (1962)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

It is very difficult to perceive the film, looking at the name ... In fact "Ivan's Childhood" shows the terrible, though short, drama, without any hint of this remarkable period in my life. Although perhaps adding 'childhood' in the name was due to the rejected earlier film 'Ivan' on a story by Vladimir Osipovich Bogomolov, and Andrei Tarkovsky just decided to give the film a different name so as not to be repeated. However, much more plausible it seems that the title still hidden artistic design, and repetition here at anything. Especially conceived was the place, because in the USSR in the war movie filmed mostly about nothing stands out externally soldiers, simple but adults. Even the girls featured in such films rarely, and then mostly in the spirit of Veronica 'The Cranes Are Flying ", what can we say about children. The name "Ivan's Childhood" at once the same claims about who will be the protagonist.
But it still gives rise to a paradox. Yes, Ivan Bondarev, played by then 14-year-old future National Artist of Russia Nikolai Burlyaev - a child who is half of all healthy men, the military found in the trenches and in the headquarters. But at first sight and can not be said that this lad - a child or even a man in my life who had a childhood. His rude clerks communicating with a young lieutenant Galtsev that slap in the face and could weigh over a similar tone, the manifestation of arrogance toward Lieutenant Colonel Gryaznov only at first glance give in it some ill-mannered person. In the course of the film it is clear that such Ivan became because of the war, and all that was left of him-the young - this body and unbroken voice. At heart he is almost completely outgrown all the officers with whom you communicate. So that the right to shout at civilians given to him mentally, you could say that. And it becomes clear they can not answer the kid. Galtsev, which gunpowder smelled still can not get the objections to his side, to shout, to subdue, and the maximum Gryaznov - a father's threat to the belt, it looks ridiculous, unless the person that has passed a concentration camp, who fled from the death of kilometers and kilometers, swim across the reservoir, which is healthy and will not master cabinet - how can such a person to suppress belt? Yes it and Vanka something called the language does not turn, so he brought up the war.
But why Ivan is? What made it not just grown up? The answer is obvious. And he is not in the game at times lush inexperienced Nicholas Burljaeva retardation and other members of the scenes. Again, all the other officers on the background seem to some suckers. Often, they do not think about their everyday and do not behave as hlebnuvshie fights, but on the contrary, show a banal life and human happiness. Military field doctor Masha, without even knowing it, two crazy with its beauty, while nearby - the front and the Germans, is constantly shooting. Even if the war patted each, Ivan went to most of those present there. Herein lies the great Tarkovsky implementation of ideas to show the war as madness, as a mental violence against a person before sweeping 'Apocalypse Now "by Francis Ford Coppola. Andrei Tarkovsky himself said that "trying to analyze the condition of the person on whom the impact of war. If a person is destroyed, it is a violation of the logic of development, especially when it touches the psyche of the child ... 'B' Ivan's childhood 'protagonist dramatically crosses the threshold of the maturation of the individual. His mind simply rejects the short-happy past, as something foreign. This past is Ivan in dreams that do not look bright and colorful and are psychedelic projection, where the conversation with her mother ends up the most terrible, and the ride in the truck with apples withdrawn in a mixture of negative and clear images by combining frames, apparently acting with the impact on the eyes . But Ivan did not seem insane, because most of psychedelia in the film was attended by many. This is best seen in the background of the old man, whose German bombs destroyed everything except the stove, rooster and the gate, which he closed, though all around the unit. A more permanent shots, music, the bodies Lyakhov and Moroz ... In short, the horror.
However, the film still gives rise to hope, without any hint of joy. Moreover, "Ivan's Childhood" and tells us more about the characters or not the brave soldiers, and places an emphasis on psychology. The protagonist here seems like a wolf, which is ready to bare his teeth to tear the invaders for the death of a family, who sees in this nation alone lowlifes and scum, fiercely hated them all, why, and spoiling for a reconnaissance group - all for the sake of revenge. But, getting a logical failure with the words 'is not your' he begins to resent and kochevryazhitsya like a normal child. He also plays with a knife in one scene, where an imaginary attempt to settle with the Nazis goes into heaviness and tears. With acquaintances he communicates fraternally and without sharp attacks for no reason, no reason at all. That is Ivan - not crazy and can live in peace, and the desire to punish the Nazis - even the echo of any Soviet citizen of the time, which the enemy paid a priceless moral damage. Perhaps it is because Andrei Tarkovsky tried to convey the pain of everyone, and it does not matter, the child he or adult. However, against the backdrop of one of Ivan little aimlessly looks the image of women in the film. If the mother of the hero and sister act as pre-war memories, then Masha often dangles from scratch and specifically does not appear in the story or in the atmosphere.
"Ivan's Childhood" is remarkable by the fact that the work is a breakthrough for the Soviet cinema almost for the first time since the days of silent film era. About our cinema in 1962 we started talking again, when Tarkovsky won him 'Golden Lion' at the Venice IFF. Also, this film was the first feature for director after their fighting positions on the 'excellent'. Over time Tarkovsky will be one of the greatest directors in the history and the significance of his first work will increase because of this quality issue a debut very well worth it. Now "Ivan's Childhood", among others included in the various lists of the greatest films in the IMDB and kinopoisk has an equal evaluation - 8.1. And if the Russian Engine Directories film is still more or less in the top 250, the IMDB-shny very disappointing misses. Most recently, the picture typing required to get into the top there the 25,000 votes from viewers, but under the pressure of other work with similar scores in the top 250 does not pass.
8.5 out of 10.

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