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

Childhood ends when you realize that you will die (The Crow)
Do you remember when the last time you felt that the whole world -. It is the sun, well water, wind in your hair, the luminous joy of his mother's face, sparkle in the eyes of the sisters, fragrant apples, all of this - a part of you, and you - you're just a child, carefree and naive. You do not have the knowledge nor the hell of the pain of loss or astringent taste of disappointment or an ugly old woman with a scythe. You just live, live effortlessly. And all around - just a game, a game invented by you and for you. It starts with the first smile and the first laughter. Just a game, and dumb children. She comes to an end when the last ray of hope die. They say that adults - these are the same children who only play them more. Not that smarter or harder, more - worse. Children who as fate had become participants in the game - will never be the same again. Adult games are deprived of their childhood. That's what happened to the hero of the film Andrei Tarkovsky's "Ivan's Childhood": he just had to grow up too soon. This is an irreversible process
Ivanovo childhood ended that day, when the boy was deprived of its main character -. Mother. We did not know whether she was killed or went missing. Adults do not lose hope to find it after the war, Ivan considers himself an orphan. This feeling helps the boy to feed but the place gives the desire to live, to act. Hope to meet with his mother has died. Childhood is over. And because he recklessly willing to perform any complex orders, his rebellious spirit is afraid to be in a world where there is no war, because sending to the rear for him - the worst punishment. And it will be the most daring, the most useful ... And it seems that fulfilling these orders, he receives a strange pleasure, as if already not imagine life without the constant danger. Can not imagine life without war.
Image Lost Boys Childhood Ivan was coined by Vladimir Bogomolov in 1957. His story was a great success, has been translated into other languages, and caught the eye of screenwriter Mikhail Papava, modify the work, in particular, the ending of reworking it. Papava then began to search for a man who could move the story to the screen. That man was an aspiring filmmaker Edward Abalov. Filming began, but after watching the first frame, it was decided to stop them, and then completely put on the draft cross - the footage was found completely failed. And here on a scene there was Andrei Tarkovsky, who decided to make a film in its own way, the remaining time and the remaining funds, almost entirely replacing the cast and crew.
first feature film by Andrei Tarkovsky seems perhaps the most simple and clear in its filmographies. But this is only at first glance. In the USSR, "Ivan's Childhood" and embraced - film about heroic behavior of the boy in the war. Too straightforward - Tarkovsky so could not. In Europe, this film is viewed differently. That is why once it is necessary to bear in mind that the film is riddled with all sorts of characters, the characters are not as simple as it sounds, and the camera work Vadim Yusova, with musical accompaniment by Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov create the very atmosphere, plunged into that long can not swim to the shore of reality .
absurdity of war, its senselessness and cruelty - it would seem, all the films on military issues affecting above issue. Nowhere, however, they do not sound so shrill, never look at the image of a child in the war does not seem so pessimistic. There will be inspirational speeches about what is good and what is bad. Only once the hero of the picture Galtsev ask the question that comes to mind, and now, 47 years later, "Is this not the last war on earth?". Did the years people learn nothing? Twelve year old boy, Ivan - this is a reflection of the horrors of war. Ivan's Childhood - a vivid example of what it does to people that they have seeds. Mutilated, destroyed - not only childhood, but the entire future life
Dreams and Reality -. On the contrast of the tape Tarkovsky built. It begins with a dream boy movie and kind of a dream, or rather the creator of fantasy, he ends. Clean children's laughter surrounds the story of pain, loneliness and fear. Contrast these two universes is emphasized through music, and with the help of light. And, of course, the main difference - the behavior of the hero. In dreams, which are the memories of his life, he laughs, smiles, he is with his mother and sister. He is happy. These frames are lighter, sounds pleasant melody, simple and rustic. In reality, a dark, dull - it is impossible to determine exactly how he feels. He's trying to be strong, behaves and talks like an adult, does not give vent to feelings. He even tries to play - in the war. The boys played so often - this is normal. He attacks with a dagger in the enemy's overcoat, he threatened her with death, but then suddenly pulled out of the emotions the child's soul, he can not express all the anger, the hatred that had accumulated in it. He is crying. But crying is not like a baby - it's tears of resentment, misunderstanding, adult tears of pain. Despite the fact that Ivan is easy to converge with people, it still remains closed and at heart so alone.
He worries about comrades, he wants to take revenge, he hates everything German, whether enemy or overcoat prints of old masters. Not a word about himself. Yes, and how to think about yourself, if in front of you on the wall left by someone unknown so that's the inscription:
We were 8 people
each no more than 19
hour
lead us to kill
avenge us!

Little things in this film extremely important and symbolic. Tarkovsky's favorite image of water, rain, or standing like a conductor is from one world to another. The water in the well, the water in the bucket, which confronts a boy his mother, the water lapping on the beach - in a dream. In reality - a swamp, rain, river. Perhaps this is the only thing that connects the two-time: past and present. The only thing that is not in this story - the future. In the original version of the script, written by Mikhail Papava and bears the name of "Second Life" Ivan is alive, our troops rescued him and the final painting was supposed to be quite optimistic. However, the author of the story was later asked to give up such a story is complete. In reality, such as Ivan and he just did not have this "second life».
... he still runs along the shore, leaving far behind their peers, ahead of time, inexorable and rapid wind, running in unknown distance. He'd be happy to stay, but no longer can. Never.

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