Ivanovo Detstvo

Ivanovo Detstvo

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Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Yevgeny Zharikov

Cast: Andrei Tarkovsky, Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Yevgeny Zharikov

     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
UPC:
0715515024822
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
24,618

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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ivan's Childhood
1. Obscured [6:08]
2. Codes [8:51]
3. Reunited [6:38]
4. Orders [3:23]
5. Alone [6:56]
6. Masha [8:34]
7. Signs [4:19]
8. Fragments [6:51]
9. Vengeance [5:52]
10. Shelled [2:23]
11. Unexpected [5:11]
12. Necessities [5:30]
13. Flares [2:33]
14. Fallen [7:14]
15. Quiet [2:33]
16. Identities [3:55]
17. Family [4:59]
18. Bars [3:10]
1. Thaw [2:23]
2. Influences [3:35]
3. Apprenticeship [2:07]
4. Worlds [3:27]
5. Poetic [7:24]
6. Concrete [5:20]
7. Grays [5:59]

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Ivanovo Detstvo 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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The most intriguing aspect of this fine first feature from a master visual artist is the blurred lines betwen dream imagery, memory and newsreel. The primary narrative is intermingled with these in such an uncanny way (an approach Tarkovsky repeats more successfully in 'Mirror') that it's dificult (and ultimately pointless) to discern when and where reality and memory seperate. An unforgettable World War II experience.
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