Friday, October 12, 2007
Ivanovo detstvo (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962) aka Ivan's Childhood
Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962)
Tarkovsky's debut feature film is an extraordinary piece of art displaying both life from a realistic standpoint and life as a dream. Even at this early stage in his carrier, the film features touches of the Russian director's signature touches. It's hard to imagine this as being Tarkovsky's debut film, as it resonates with the impression that this was made by a director completely in control of his craft. The photography is absolutely stunning. Every image is breathtaking, and the floating camera work is something to marvel at. The film itself centers around a young 12 year old boy working for the partisans as a spy after his family was murdered by Nazis. The closing minutes are unforgettably bitter sweet.