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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)

Tini zabutykh predkiv (original title)
A timeless Carpathian story - the young Ivan falls in love with the daughter of his father's killer among the Hutsul people of Ukraine.

Director:

Sergei Parajanov (as S. Paradzhanov)

Writers:

Ivan Chendej (screenplay) (as I. Chendey), Mikhaylo Kotsyubinsky (based on novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ivan Mikolaychuk ... Ivan Paliychuk (as I. Mykolaichuk)
Larisa Kadochnikova ... Marichka Gutenyuk (as L. Kadochnykova)
Tatyana Bestayeva ... Palagna (as T. Bestayeva)
Spartak Bagashvili ... Yurko Malfar (as S. Bagashvili)
Nikolay Grinko ... Vatag (as M. Grynko)
Leonid Yengibarov Leonid Yengibarov ... Myko (as L. Yengibarov)
Nina Alisova ... Mother of Ivan (as N. Alisova)
Aleksandr Gai ... Father of Ivan (as O. Gai)
Neonila Gnepovskaya ... Mother of Marichka (as N. Gnipovska)
Aleksandr Raydanov ... Father of Marichka (as O. Raydanov)
Igor Dzyura ... Ivan as a child (as I. Dzyura)
Valentina Glinko ... Marichka as a child (as V. Glyanko)
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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>

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Used 180 degrees lens. 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

Featured in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) See more »

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Visual elegance
18 February 2007 | by faraaj-1See 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.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Ukrainian

Release Date:

18 October 1965 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ukraine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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