During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care of this boy-child. Written by
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1962 Venice Film Festival, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor
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Trostanyets (spelling from the DVD subtitles), the camp mentioned by Ivan, is the Trostinets extermination camp. (Alternative spellings include Maly Trostinets, Maly Trastsianiets and Trascianec.) It was a World War II death camp located at Maly Trostinets ("Little Trostinets"), a village near the outskirts of Minsk. Operating between July 1942 and October 1943, nearly all Jews in Minsk were murdered there. See more
In the famous "Well Scene" Ivan's mother says "If A well is too deep you can see a star in it even in the day time". While speaking she is standing on the left hand side of Ivan but when their reflection is shown in water she is standing on the right hand side. Lateral Inversion has not been depicted correctly. Please have a look. See more
Mamma, there's a cuckoo up there!
Referenced in Life as a Dream
Ne velyat Mashe
[Song played on the gramophone. English translation: "Masha is not allowed beyond the river".] See more