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Ivan's Childhood [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1962]

Release Date:07/24/2007
Andre Tarkovsky's poetic and visually striking screen adaptation of Vladimir Bogomolov's short novel about a young boy's journey through a land devastated by war receives a definitive DVD release in this edition from the Criterion Collection. Ivanovo Detstvo (aka Ivan's Childhood has been given a beautifully detailed transfer to disc in its original Academy aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the rich scale of grey tones in Vadim Yusov's cinematography has been rendered with stunning clarity. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and sounds particularly clean for a film of this vintage, with Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov's score especially well served. The dialogue is in the original Russian, with optional English subtitles. As a bonus, the disc includes an appraisal of Tartovsky's films from biographer Vida T. Johnson, as well as new interviews with actor Nikolai Burlyaev (who plays Ivan) and cameraman Yusov. The handsome booklet included with the disc includes an essay and a short poem by Tartovsky, as well as a piece about the film from Dina Iordanova and a number of photos from the film. Ivanovo Detstvo is a crucial early work from one of Russia's most unique cinematic talents, and it's doubtful the film will ever be given a better home video presentation than this.

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    Special Features

    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
    • Video appreciation of director Andrei Tarkovsky and Ivan's Childhood, featuring Vida T. Johnson, coauthor of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue
    • New video interviews with actor Nikolai Burlyaev and cinematographer Vadim Yusov
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova and new translations, by Robert Bird, of "Between Two Films," Tarkovsky's essay about Ivan's Childhood, and "Ivan Willow," a poem by the director's father, Arseny Tarkovsky


    Ivanovo Detstvo
    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 so he starts spying on the German forces. Because of his tender years he manages to pass freely back and forth behind enemy lines -- at least for awhile. This exemplary film won the top prize, the Golden Lion award at the 1962 Venice Film Festival and also won the Grand Prize at the 1962 San Francisco Film Festival. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Nikolai Burlyayev - Ivan
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      Valentin Zubkov - Capt. Kholin
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      Yevgeny Zharikov - Lt. Galtsev
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      Valentina Malyavina - Masha
    • Stepan Krylov
      Stepan Krylov - Katasonych

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