In the Carpathian Mountains of 19th-century Ukraine, love, hate, life and death among the Hutsul people are as they’ve been since time began. Ivan is drawn to Marichka, the beautiful young daughter of the man who killed his father. But fate tragically decrees that the two lovers will remain apart.
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A film related to Mark Donskoy's "The Horse that Cryed". By a similar fictional approach to a novelistic appeal; by a profound regionality and mythology of its own, deeply articulated with the cultural heritage of a people; by the immense visual and sonic creativity to tell the story of fateful lovers, deeply loved by a cinema that challenges the ruling order. A work of art whose other title is “Horses of Fire”.
Essential cinema. Parajanov took us to the Carpathian mountains and captured Ukrainian folk lore in a bold, vivid and visceral way. A cinematographic marvel in its rich colour, costume and camera effects full of memorable images. Controversial in Russia for its religious content and 'glorification' of folklore and banned for many years.
Vividly visual and visceral film from a brilliantly unique and visionary director. It remains one-of-a-kind with its dazzling, colorful cinematography, hallucinatory and surreal, and its almost ethnographic depiction of ancient agrarian life and rituals in a community of the Carpathian mountains. It is a tragic love story and a story of the earth, which is like a forgotten folk song of intoxicating wonder.
Feels less accurate to describe Parajanov as possessed of genius than *by* it, if genius was an energetic force, some ecstatic delirium, itself propelling the camera through space, resonating in the sound... More than any stylistic element, it is this extraordinary, often bewildering, energy that turns an artistically unique, if slightly overwrought, portrayal of some ill-fated lovers into something nearing sublime.
Jesus, what is this! How can images be manipulated like this! A movie that takes more risky cinematic gestures than a Michael Bay or Guy Maddin movie and manages to make them perfect without a trance gimmickry or abiding to social trends of the time is a far more impressive movie than what constitutes as mastery by today! I also loved how the movie explores ritual. Defiantly a new favorite!
Tengo la cabeza hirviendo de pensar en todos esos movimientos de cámara. No habían empezado los créditos cuando ya se había convertido en uno de mis filmes favoritos. Los colores, la música y los trajes "folk", las imágenes oníricas y la tragedia de Romeo y Julieta en los Cárpatos la convierten en una de las películas más bellas del cine de autor.
Parajanov had an uncanny notion of film language, the camerawork seems to be in perfect harmony with each character and their interaction with the soviet landscapes, in a perfect example of both folkloric and rhythmic beauty.
visually brilliant, almost beyond words, and narratively mysterious. few artists who appear can be as elusive, talented, poetic and tragic as parajanov. a story which seems at points, like a form of adaptation of 'romeo and juliet', but says at the same time a lot about freedom and even more about oppression which is a very relevant point to the goskino era. one of the most significant works of the VGIK generation.