Waking Dream - Ivan's Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood, from 1962, offers a glimpse of the life of an orphaned boy-soldier. As well as featuring convincing performances and sumptuous photography, it offers lots of surreal, dreamlike moments. One of these moments isn’t a dream, it is only dreamlike – something that is difficult to achieve without cliche. This scene, or really just the first part of it, feels a little bit like much of Tarkovsky’s later work, Stalker. Here this particular tone is effective perhaps because of its rarity, but more so thematically.

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Andrei Tarkovsky