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still from Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, SU 1964)

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Sergej Paradzanov / SUHH, 1964 / 97 min.

Folk tales from the Caucasus revived thanks to Paradzjanov’s unique cinematic style in this romantic tragedy akin to Romeo and Juliet. The film’s design does away with all (western) film conventions.

poster Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, SU 1964)
Originally, Paradzjanov’s films were (a)politically correct, as he had been taught at the Moscow film academy that he distanced himself from. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors saw Paradzjanov radically change style, creating a unique cinematic language. The unusual camerawork, the contrasting soundtrack: the atmosphere he conjures up with these and other elements is magical and surrealist. From this film onwards, he created his own mythical reality.

Details

Director

Sergej Paradzanov

Production year

1964

Country

SUHH

Original title

Teni zabutykh predkov

Length

97 min.

Language

Ukrainian

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Russian Thaw

Russia, 2021: in the wake of Putin’s latest election victory, reforms seem further away than ever. How different things were in the late 1950s, when Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union’s new leader following the death of Stalin, gave an impulse for change. This period, which came to be known as the ‘thaw’, gave rise to classics such as Ballad of a Soldier (1959, Grigorii Chukhrai) and The Cranes Are Flying (1957, Michail Kalatozov); a new generation of filmmakers (Tarkovsky, Shepitko) also stepped into the spotlight.

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still from Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, SU 1964)
still from Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, SU 1964)

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