Friday, February 18, 2011

#307: Ivan's Childhood

1962, TSPDT Rank #597

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I watched the first of Tarkovsky's features last night, and I thought it was a very good film. The visuals here are nothing short of fantastic - the stark settings and beautifully composed shots are so rampant and well executed that at times it feels your aesthetic receptors might be blown to pieces. The story line is less impressive, although it truly looks at war realistically and bluntly, and interesting perspective as seen through a child's eyes, I felt it was not as effective as it might have been - more like a bunch of great pieces thrown together to form a piece slightly less than the sum of its parts, instead of one truly solid whole. But as a debut film - WHOA. I feel Tarkovsky's films must only get better from here...

(Rating: 8/10)

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