Andrei Tarkovsky: 'Ivan's Childhood' (Book)

By Robert Efird Series edited by Birgit Beumers Editorial board member Richard Taylor, Julian Graffy and Denise Youngblood

Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1962 Ivan’s Childhood marked a pivotal moment for Soviet ‘poetic cinema’ and launched the career of an artist now considered a towering figure of Russian culture. A thorough analysis of this debut film through a close examination of the narrative structure, stylistic approach and philosophical underpinnings 25 b/w film stills.

Series: KinoSputnik


This book explores Andrei Tarkovsky's 1962 debut feature film Ivan's Childhood, examining the production, context, and reception of the film while offering a detailed reading of its key themes. Through close consideration of its intricate narrative structure, unique stylistic approach, and deep philosophical underpinnings, Robert Efird provides a thorough analysis of a remarkable debut film from an artist now considered a towering figure of Russian culture.

Andrei Tarkovsky: "Ivan's Childhood" is part of Intellect’s KinoSputnik series, which provides an analysis of key films from the history of Russian and Soviet cinema. Written by international experts in the field, books in this series are intended for film enthusiasts and students, combining scholarship with an accessible style of writing.

Robert Efird is associate professor of Russian at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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