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


KinoSputniks closely analyse some key films from the history of Russian and Soviet cinema. Written by international experts in the field, they are intended for film enthusiasts and students, combining scholarship with an accessible style of writing. This KinoSputnik on Andrei Tarkovsky's debut feature Ivan's Childhood examines the production, context and reception of the film, whilst offering a detailed reading of its key themes.

Through a close examination of its intricate narrative structure, unique stylistic approach and deep philosophical underpinnings, this KinoSputnik provides a thorough analysis of a truly remarkable debut film, from an artist now considered a towering figure of Russian culture.

Primary readership will be among film studies students and film enthusiasts.

A list of all books in the series is here on the Intellect website on the series page KinoSputnik

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

List of Illustrations vii
Note on Transliteration ix
Acknowledgements xi
Production Information xiii
Plot Summary xv
Introduction 1

1. Production History and Context 13
2. Film Analysis 49
3. Themes and Motifs 97
4. Reception in the Soviet Union and Abroad 147

Conclusion 161
Notes 165
References 169

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