Andrei Tarkovsky

Ivan’s Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood

The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth. Moving back and forth between the traumatic realities of World War II and serene moments of family life before the conflict began, Tarkovsky’s film remains one of the most jarring and unforgettable depictions of the impact of war on children.

Film Info

  • Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Soviet Union
  • 1962
  • 95 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #397

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Interview with film scholar Vida T. Johnson, coauthor of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue
  • New interviews with cinematographer Vadim Yusov and actor Nikolai Burlyaev
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova; “Between Two Films,” an essay by Tarkovsky on Ivan’s Childhood; and “Ivan’s Willow,” a poem by the director’s father, Arseny Tarkovsky

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Interview with film scholar Vida T. Johnson, coauthor of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue
  • New interviews with cinematographer Vadim Yusov and actor Nikolai Burlyaev
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova; “Between Two Films,” an essay by Tarkovsky on Ivan’s Childhood; and “Ivan’s Willow,” a poem by the director’s father, Arseny Tarkovsky

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse
Ivan’s Childhood
Cast
Nikolai Burlyaev
Ivan
Valentin Zubkov
Captain Kholin
E. Zharikov
Lieutenant Galtsev
S. Krylov
Corporal Katasonych
Nikolai Grinko
Gryaznov
V. Malyavina
Masha
Irina Tarkovskaya
Ivan's mother
D. Miliutenko
Old man
Andrei Konchalovsky
Soldier with glasses
Credits
Director
Andrei Tarkovsky
Written by
Vladimir Bogomolov
Written by
Mikhail Papava
Based on the novella Ivan by
Vladimir Bogomolov
Director of photography
Vadim Yusov
Assistant director
G. Natanson
Edited by
L. Feiginova
Production design
Yevgeny Chernyaev
Music
Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov
Special effects
V. Sevostyanov
Special effects
S. Mukhin
Sound recordist
E. Zelentsova
Military adviser
G. Goncharov

From The Current

Return to Childhood
Return to Childhood
It’s hard to believe that Ivan’s Childhood was Andrei Tarkovsky’s first feature, so technically assured is its direction. Tarkovsky had received promising notices for 1961’s The Steamroller and the Violin, his forty-six-mi…
10 Things I Learned: The Color of Pomegranates
10 Things I Learned: The Color of Pomegranates

Did you know director Sergei Parajanov also created many of the costumes for this visually spectacular masterpiece? Producer Curtis Tsui digs into this and other fascinating facts about the making of the long-hard-to-see film.

By Curtis Tsui

From the Tarkovsky Archives
From the Tarkovsky Archives

On what would have been his eighty-sixth birthday, we’re celebrating Andrei Tarkvosky’s legacy with a look back at some of the essays and videos we’ve published on his work.