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. —IMDb
One of the 20th century’s greatest masters of cinema, Sergei Parajanov in the 1960s made two masterpieces in a row: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964) and Color of Pomegranates (1968). Both established him as a phenomenon with no analogy in the art world.
Parajanov was born on the January 9, 1924, in Tbilisi, Georgia, USSR, to an ethnic Armenian family. His father was Iosif Parajanian and his mother was Siranush Bejanian. In 1945 Parajanov traveled to Moscow and entered the directing department at VGIK, one of the oldest and most highly respected film schools in Europe, and studied under director Igor Savchenko and later Aleksandr Dovzhenko in Kiev, Ukraine. Parajanov moved to Kiev, where after a few documentaries (Dumka (1957), Zolotye ruki (1957), Natalya Ushviy (1957)) and several narrative films (Andriesh (1954), Ukrainskaya rapsodiya (1961), Tsvetok na kamne (1962)) he created the magnificent “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”, which won countless international awards… read more
When I first saw this film as a college student I was stunned. It taught me that a movie can have the most mundane story imaginable and still be first class. Because the story here is so simple all the other elements are enhanced. And all those elements are outstanding: A dreamlike soundtrack that is seldom silent, so much authentic folk music it's almost a musical and saturated colors that impart urgency to the story. Absolutely everything here is superb.
If ever there was a director whose work should be represented by magnificent posters, it is Sergei Paradjanov. His symbol-laded films, and
Very different than the other movies I’ve seen by him in that: the camera moves! And it moves almost hyperactively. It took me a while to get used to this change. Also: this is an actual movie… in… read review
Sergei Parajanov’s first masterpiece “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” ranks as one of the world’s most extraordinary cinematic feasts, featuring almost impossible camera angles, hallucinatory travellings… read review