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.
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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.
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.
Oh good, more Russian Soul bullshit. Ooh, look at the suffering peasants, look at the hammy acting, look at the flat writing. Yup, this is a soviet film alright. Besides the wonderful semi-last scene, this is just aesthetic porn all throughout. And yet, Parajanov considers his prior work "garbarge" in comparison to this (guess I know what to avoid now). Fingers crossed that his follow-ups are better.