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My Name Is Ivan

My Name Is Ivan(1963)

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  • ivan's childhood

    • kevin sellers
    • 7/20/15

    Is it ungenerous of me to point out that if you're making a movie about a twelve year old super spy, then you really ought have at least ONE SCENE of the kid actually spying? This, of course, points out the bigger problem of this film, which is its almost total lack of military action. Were battle scenes considered too "Hollywood decadent" or something when this film was made? Did they cost too much to shoot? How about a skirmish? Or a guerrilla raid? I mean, it's a war movie, for cryin out loud. Sorry to sound like Suzie Philistine, but that's the way I feel. I also coulda done without the rather dull subplot involving Masha and Galtsev. I would almost have thought that this was put in for eye candy purposes (actress who plays Masha is a looker) but we're dealing with the Soviets who are above such rotten capitalist stunts. Give it a C. P.S. Based on this film, Andrey Tarkovsky is not fit to carry Larisa Shepitko's bra strap.

  • Ivan's Childhood

    • Christopher tabbert
    • 7/16/15

    I don't know how this could be, but I had never heard of this haunting, unforgettable movie until finding it almost by accident on TCM. It offers us a rare and fascinating depiction of World War II from the Soviet side. There are no heroic soldiers on parade or giant battle scenes, just the experiences and recollections of 12-year-old Ivan (played fiercely by Nikolai Burlyayev). It still boggles the mind to consider that the Soviet Union lost some 25 million people in the war. On some level Ivan stands for all the children who lost their parents, their homes, and/or their own lives. For Ivan and his fellows, the horrors of war have long since been accepted as the norm. They are somewhat resigned to their fate, but they don't give up and they don't give in. The photography, especially the scenes in the birch forest and in the marshes, is stunningly beautiful from beginning to end. The actors are flawless. This stupendous movie was the first feature directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, who was called "the greatest director of them all" by none other than Ingmar Bergman.

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    • Suzanne Wheat
    • 8/29/12

    Matter of fact tale of Russian partisans trying to foil the Nazis. Perhaps an heroic fantasy of the director's childhood. Another piece on war told in an interesting and beautiful manner.

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