Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv) (1967)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 16, 1967
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Time Out

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Stylistically the film is jaw-dropping -- somewhere between the French New Wave and an acid trip.

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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Eleanor McKeown
Electric Sheep

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.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

In this overwhelmingly beautiful movie, a sad, short, brutalized life is elevated to ecstatic myth.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is one of those rare films that look totally fresh and uncorrupted -- as if the director hadn't pilfered a thing from other film makers but had simply discovered the camera, and how best to use it, by himself.

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Fernando F. Croce

The fervid pageantry is like experiencing the medium with virgin eyes

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