Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
Ivan is a young orphan during WWII being taken care of by Soviet Russian troops alomg the Volga River. While there, he crosses the River and scouts the German position and reports back on any information he can find to his Russian handlers. His motivation for risking his life is that his family were killed during the invasion and he wants revenge.
Brilliant film, if a little slow at times. But, I really enjoyed it. First Tarkovsky I’ve watched all the way to the end. I tried The Sacrifice (Offret) before but that was way too slow to keep my interest and I just gave up on it. This is though, my 3rd Soviet-Era film I’ve seen after Ballad of a Soldier and The Cranes Are Flying.
The camera work in this film is some of the best I’ve ever seen. This scene… In the running for best kiss ever filmed?