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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 (based on novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ivan Mykolaichuk ... 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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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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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 »

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the most beautifullest thing i´ve ever seen
11 September 2002 | by zoondijkstraSee all my reviews

´Shadows´ is one of the best movies i´ve ever seen. The filming is so beautiful that it constantly makes you wonder how they did it, remind you, it was made in 1964. The way the lead characters feel is constantly expressed in color and camera movement, in a way i´ve never seen before. Notice how the colors are full in the first, happy part of the film, and how they get faded more and more to an almost black and white teint along with grief of Ivan, the male lead. At the end it turns to a blood red fury and then there is nothing but the dead. The folk music, with very poetic lyrics also contributes a lot to the sphere in this film. Again, i never saw something like that before, normally i hate folk music, now it fitted perfectly. And then the ending,it´s so sad, i almost cried my eyes out. What an archievement, it´s the most beautifullest thing i´ve ever seen.


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