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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)

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 (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ivan Mykolaichuk ... Ivan Paliychuk (as I. Mikoaychuk)
Larisa Kadochnikova ... Marichka Gutenyuk (as L. Kadochnikova)
Tatyana Bestayeva ... Palagna (as T. bestayeva)
Spartak Bagashvili ... Yurko Malfara (as S. Bagashvili)
Nikolay Grinko ... Batag (as M.Grinko)
Leonid Yengibarov Leonid Yengibarov ... Miko (as L. Yengibarov)
Nina Alisova ... Paliychuk, maty Ivana (as N. Alisova)
Aleksandr Gai ... Paliychuk (as O. Gai)
Neonila Gnepovskaya ... Gutenyuk (as N. Gnipovska)
Aleksandr Raydanov ... Onufriy Gutenyuk (as O. Raydanov)
Igor Dzyura ... Ivan v detstve (as I. Dzyura)
Valentina Glinko ... Marichka v detstve (as V. Glyanko)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
O. Ryazanov O. Ryazanov
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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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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Ukrainian

Release Date:

18 October 1965 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors See more »

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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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 »

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colour,music,romeo&juliet
13 January 2001 | by gratefultiger-2See all my reviews

this film once seen is unforgettable,from the opening shot i knew i was in for something special,i wasn't let down on that score. the characters seem to leap of the screen in affect the film is alive. romeo & juliet in the carpathians a love story of children as adults as the people really are children,swirling hand held camera,unnatural colours,beautiful chromatic photography to set the tone of despair, paradjanov uses every trick in the book &then some.wonderful music & a sense of the times these people lived,the customs,clothes,religous iconography all come together in a wonderful film.one of my all time favourites.from a master.


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