Ivanovo Detstvo

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • UPC: 715515024822
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Russian
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,443

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nikolai Burlyayev Ivan
Valentin Zubkov Capt. Kholin
Yevgeny Zharikov Lt. Galtsev
Nikolai Grinko Col. Gryaznov
Valentina Malyavina Masha
Stepan Krylov Katasonych
D. Milyutenko Old Man
Irina Tarkovskaya
Andrei Konchalovsky Bespectacled Soldier
Ivan Savkin
Vladimir Marenkov
Technical Credits
Andrei Tarkovsky Director
Ye. Chernyayaev Art Director
Emin Khachaturyan Musical Direction/Supervision
Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov Score Composer
Vadim Yusov Cinematographer
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ivan's Childhood
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Life As a Dream
      Play
      Index
   Nikolai Burlyaev Interview
      Index
         Lead Role
         Screen Tests
         Finding Tears
         The Shoot
         True Patriot
   Vadim Yusov Interview
      Index
         Visual Language
         Preparation
         Dreams
         Texture
   Subtitles
      On
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Luminous and Deep, Poignant Russian Childhood Revisited

    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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