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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors ()

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

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Ivan Paliychuk (as I. Mykolaichuk)
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Marichka Gutenyuk (as L. Kadochnykova)
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Palagna (as T. Bestayeva)
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Yurko Malfar (as S. Bagashvili)
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Vatag (as M. Grynko)
Leonid Yengibarov ...
Myko (as L. Yengibarov)
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Mother of Ivan (as N. Alisova)
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Father of Ivan (as O. Gai)
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Mother of Marichka (as N. Gnipovska)
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Father of Marichka (as O. Raydanov)
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Ivan as a child (as I. Dzyura)
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Marichka as a child (as V. Glyanko)

Directed by

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Sergei Parajanov ... (as S. Paradzhanov)

Written by

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Ivan Chendej ... (screenplay) (as I. Chendey)
 
Mikhaylo Kotsyubinsky ... (based on novel by)
 
Sergei Parajanov ... (screenplay) (as S. Paradzhanov)

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Miroslav Skorik ... (as M. Skoryk)

Cinematography by

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Yuri Ilyenko ... (as Yuriy Illenko)
Viktor Bestayev ... (uncredited)

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M. Ponomarenko

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Mikhail Rakovskiy ... (as M. Rakovskiy)
Georgiy Yakutovich ... (as G. Yakutovych)

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P. Maksimenko ... (as P. Maksymenko)

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Lidiya Bajkova ... (as L. Baykova)

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V. Shikin ... makeup artist

Production Management

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N. Yureva ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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M. Gorokhovskiy ... assistant director
L. Kustova ... assistant director
Vladimir Lugovskiy ... assistant director (as V. Lugovskiy)

Sound Department

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S. Sergeyenko ... sound mixer (as S. Sergienko)

Camera and Electrical Department

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V. Davidov ... camera operator (as V. Davydov)
F. Rzheshutek ... assistant camera
Valeriy Shuvalov ... assistant camera (as V. Shuvalov)

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Stefan Turchak ... conductor (as Stepan Turchak)

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F. Makhayko ... consultant (as F. Manaylo)
O. Sizonenko ... script editor (as O. Syzonenko)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A New Kind of Soviet Film...acclaimed around the world at all film festivals See more »
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Also Known As
  • Teni zabytykh predkov (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Тени забытых предков (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Тiнi забутих предкiв (Soviet Union, Ukrainian title)
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (World-wide, English title)
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (United States)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in A szovjet film 1953-1970 (1990). See more »

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