Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy)
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Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy)
This debut feature-length wartime drama by noted Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky was a remarkable introduction to a remarkable career. The poetic touch of Tarkovsky's hand and his measured pace is already evident as the tale of the young, twelve-year-old Ivan (Nikolai Burlyayev) evolves. Ivan is orphaned after his village is wiped out by an invading Nazi army and as a consequence, he ends up in a prison camp. The inventive lad escapes and is adopted by Captain Kholin (Valentin Zubkov), whose intention is to send the boy away to school. But Ivan is determined to help the Russian army and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beauty, poetry and sadness are certainly lodged in its brief dramatic span, to be seized and embraced by anybody who will give a compassionate mind to it."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The plot is straight out of the grayish, state-approved, thesis-tidy Ballad of a Soldier bin, but the landscapes and visions are Andrei Tarkovsky's and nobody else's"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Leaves us with a haunting vision of war and what it does to children."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[A] visually poetic portrait of a 12-year-old Russian orphan during WWII."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Even in this, his first feature, we see that Andrei Tarkovsky is compelled by memories of precious things."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Tarkovsky deviated from the conventional dictums of Socialist realism, providing an unusual combination of psychological realism and a haunting, surrealistic imagery of an adolescent, who was rubbed off his childhood."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It feels stylistically as fresh as if it had been made yesterday -- even to some very striking use of handheld camerawork. It's really something of a masterpiece."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Much more than a war film about a young boy, My Name Is Ivan is a pure film experience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tarkovsky's most underrated film, simple but riveting."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, eCinemaCenter.com

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