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Ivan’s Childhood

During World War II, young Ivan (Nikolay Burlyaev) scurries across Soviet and German lines, having been recruited as a spy by Russian forces. Via vivid dream and flashback sequences, the film grants us glimpses of what this orphaned child had before war rendered everything a cold, war torn landscape bereft of comfort. Tarkovsky’s first film wields its protagonist less as a specific child caught up in war than an emblematic figure whose experiences are indicative of all children whose lives are irreparably altered by conflicts in which they have no agency. Ivan’s Childhood is a powerful debut from a world master, one whose powers were readily apparent this early into his career. “Tarkovsky’s debut feature is surely the most lyrical war movie ever made.”—Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent. In Russian and German with English subtitles.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Andrei Tarkovsky

Solaris

One of the most profoundly meditative sci-fi films ever created, Solaris is one of Russian master Tarkovsky’s finest achievements in a career made almost solely of masterpieces. In this film adapted from the novel by Stanisław Lem, the alien planet Solaris is a deeply fascinating subject for researchers, but an exploratory crew seems to have

The Mirror

The most visually poetic and personal of Tarkovsky’s films, THE MIRROR has no conventional plot. Rather, the film takes the viewer on a chronological journey through the memories—real and imagined—of an unnamed narrator who lies dying of cancer. The seemingly random images create a melancholic montage of the mundane events of our lives through which

Nostalghia

Russian master Tarkovsky’s penultimate film, shown here on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, follows Yankovskiy (Andrei Gorchakov), a poet who falls in with a Tuscan madman (Erland Josephson) while traveling through Italy and researching the life of an 18th-century Ukrainian composer who spent his final years there. Yankovskiy, increasingly isolated from those around him,

The Sacrifice

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) is generally considered to be the greatest director of post-war Soviet cinema and the last of the European Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) is generally considered to be the greatest director of post-war Soviet cinema and the last of the European art-film generation. Full of deep spiritual and ecological concern and possessing an intensely