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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)

Tini zabutykh predkiv (original title)
In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ivan Mykolaichuk ...
Ivan
Larisa Kadochnikova ...
Marichka
Tatyana Bestayeva ...
Palagna
Spartak Bagashvili ...
Yurko
Nikolay Grinko ...
Batag
Leonid Yengibarov ...
Miko
Nina Alisova ...
Paliychuk
Aleksandr Gaj ...
Paliychuk (as O. Gaj)
Neonila Gnepovskaya ...
Gutenyuk
Aleksandr Raydanov ...
Gutenyuk (as A. Raydanov)
I. Dzyura ...
Ivan as a Child
V. Glyanko ...
Marichka as a Child
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O. Ryazanov
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In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around him, marrying Palagna. She wants children but his mind stays on his lost love. To recapture his attention, Palagna tries sorcery, and in the process comes under the spell of the sorcerer, publicly humiliating Ivan, who then fights the sorcerer. The lively rhythms of village life, the work and the holidays, the pageant and revelry of weddings and funerals, the change of seasons, and nature's beauty give proportion to Ivan's tragedy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A New Kind of Soviet Film...acclaimed around the world at all film festivals

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18 October 1965 (Soviet Union)  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When the two children run down the hill to have a bath in the river, the entire camera rig, including the operator, can be seen in a shadow on the ground. See more »

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A movie that actually trascends the viewer to the world of Carpathians, trying to recreate the very essence of their soul and being...
8 March 2000 | by (Davis, California) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies ever made!!! I don't think even that describes how strongly I feel for this movie and its director. In a world of cinematic rubbish Paradjanov stands as a warrior fighting for long lost cause; making a movie that actually transcends the viewer to the world the director is trying to create. It has the most unique camera angles and shots that were made in most amazing proximity. The richness of its photography will take you to the Carpathian Mountains and leave you astonished. This movie is full or drama, folklore and above all, it surpasses all the cinematic standards ever set for a motion picture. Made in the sixties, during Soviet regime, this movie was banned from the screen for it's symbolic context and references to religion. Starting from the opening scene to the very last one, it will keep you on the edge and it will exceed every expectation you have for it. You won't only watch it but you'll live it. If you're a true cinema lover watch this film...it'll change your life.


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