Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv)
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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv)
Along with Tarkovsky and Dovzhenko, Sergei Paradjanov is one of the most important Soviet directors of last century. Paradjanov, who was periodically jailed and exiled because of his work, stunned world audiences in 1964 with his Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors, popularly known as the Romeo and Juliet of the Carpathians. The film is set among the Hutsul people of the Western Ukraine, an isolated ethnic group who live in the upper reaches of the mountain range. Their lives take place within a harsh environment and an ornate cultural system little changed since the 18th century. The film… More

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"It's one of the most unusual films I've seen, a barrage of images, music and noises, shot with such an active camera we almost need seatbelts."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"In this overwhelmingly beautiful movie, a sad, short, brutalized life is elevated to ecstatic myth."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Stylistically the film is jaw-dropping -- somewhere between the French New Wave and an acid trip."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Ripples with the force of nature."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A truly remarkable phantasmagoria from Parodzhanov that unsurprisingly fell foul of the Soviet authorities, if only because of its abiding sense of Ukrainian nationalism."
‑ , Film4
"Shadows was a leap in the dark like none other in Soviet film history, and a slap in the face of the officially sanctioned and artistically vacuous school of Socialist Realism."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"The athletic camerawork and the bizarre visual effects take their tone from the folk ballads that recur on the soundtrack, sometimes touching an authentically barbaric or tragic poetry."
‑ , Time Out
"When Paradjanov made Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, he was experimenting with a new approach to filmmaking for the first time and the aesthetic achievement is spectacular."
‑ Eleanor McKeown, Electric Sheep
"Watching [this] breakthrough feature... reveals an undeniable sense of joy -- and even release -- in every frame."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"As Parajanov's camera swirls vertiginously to capture harvest festivals and celebrations, you sense a linkage of past and present that's astounding."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"There are hallucinatory sequences in Sergei Paradzhanov's 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors when this eruptively colorful movie feels more like a folkloric tapestry sprung to life than a film about flesh-and-blood people."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The fervid pageantry is like experiencing the medium with virgin eyes"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Clearly preferring to tell his story abstractly rather than concretely, director Sergei Paradzhanov assails viewers' eyes with streaks of color and rushes of camera movement, and their ears with sounds best described as revolutionary and industrial."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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