8.1/10
3,959
33 user 32 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan
Ashik Kerib (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's ... See full summary »

Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
Stars: Yuri Mgoyan, Sofiko Chiaureli, Ramaz Chkhikvadze
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.

Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
Stars: Veriko Anjaparidze, Tamari Tsitsishvili, Dudukhana Tserodze
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Made in wartime and edited in candlelight, Mikhail Vartanov's rarely-seen masterpiece tells about his friendship with the genius Sergei Parajanov who was imprisoned by KGB "at the peak of ... See full summary »

Directors: Mikhail Vartanov, Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sergei Parajanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Sofiko Chiaureli
Earth (1930)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Stars: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Confession (1990) survives in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) in its original camera negative. It remained unfinished due to the death of Sergei Parajanov. The Confession (1990) was ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Yuri Mgoyan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Colourful 'optimistic tragedy' of a poor family in Ukraine, living in the Carpathian mountains near the Romanian border, during the Second World War. Five sons of the family make up the ... See full summary »

Director: Yuri Ilyenko
Stars: Larisa Kadochnikova, Ivan Mykolaichuk, Bogdan Stupka
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Boris Ivchenko
Stars: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Lidiya Belozyorova, Fyodor Strigun
The Ascent (1977)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots. They find a goat at a local farmhouse but... See full summary »

Director: Larisa Shepitko
Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Olga Reus-Petrenko, Yevgenia Miroshnichenko, Eduard Koshman
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Inna Burduchenko, Lyudmila Cherepanova, Boris Dmokhovsky
Edit

Cast

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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
O. Ryazanov
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 October 1965 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original uncut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

For decades it has been believed that "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" won the British Academy Award. This was most notably stated in the famous "Film Encyclopedia" by Ephraim Katz. Recently, however, the disciple of Sergei Parajanov, Martiros Vartanov, obtained on official confirmation from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which stated that the movie was not a BAFTA award recipient; although in 1965 the film won the Grand Prix at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival and a record number of other awards on the festival circuit. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Life as a Dream (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Visual elegance
18 February 2007 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors is set in Western Ukraine (Carpathian mountains) circa the 1860's. It was banned in the USSR because it emphasized the unique Ukrainian culture and in fact the language throughout the film was Ukrainian and not Russian. Plus the references to the Church and religion could not have helped. The story is deceptively simple. As a child, Ivan falls in love with his neighbor and fathers killers daughter Marichka. The first half of the film deals with that love and the second with Ivan's downfall after she dies in an accident.

Shadows would probably not appeal to someone looking for great acting, strong characterizations and emotional pull. But, it more than makes up for these deficiencies in its visual brilliance and authenticity of periodic detail. This is one of the most beautiful looking films ever made. The elaborate costumes, the folk songs and simple village life all create a world that you know just had to have existed. Not exactly commercial fare, Shadows is a stunningly beautiful looking film and in fact a lesson in old Ukrainain culture. I highly recommend this for art-house film fans.


33 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
2.35:1? perrote
Hooray! Out on DVD very soon.... Max_Planck
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach.... Max_Planck
the Book littleteakettle
Solomonar ? simonasidorin
Discuss Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?