Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

"Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors" - Sergei Parajanov's Ukrainian masterpiece - was adapted in 1964 by Ivan Chendei and Sergei Paradjanov from Mikhaylo Kotsyubinsky's novel "Tini zabutykh predkiv" (1912) to celebrate the centennial of the author's birth (1864 - 1913).

"Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors" was directed by Sergei Parajanov, lensed by Yuri Ilyenko and stars Ivan Mikolajchuk (Ivan) and Larisa Kadochnikova (Marichka) - two childhood friends who fall in love. In an accident Marichka drows. Ivan marries Palagna (played by Tatyana Bestayeva) but he can't get over Marichka's death who constantly appears to him.

"Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" also stars Spartak Bagashvili (Yurko) who later played Sayat Nova's father in Sergei Paradjanov's Armenian masterpiece "The Color of Pomegranates" (1968).

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors won the Grand Prix at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in 1965 and countless awards in Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Spain and other countries. (The Film Encyclopedia by Ephraim Katz, and numerous other books and sources, incorrectly state that Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors received the British Academy Award. According to the official statement obtained by Martiros Vartanov, the film hadn't won or been nominated).

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (the most important Ukrainian film since the silent movies of Dovzhenko) was full of religious and folkloric themes and didn't conform to the dominant "social realism" of the Soviet cinema. Sergei Paradjanov was blacklisted and his next film the Kiev Frescoes was stopped and banned in 1965.
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Ivan Mikolajchuk .... Ivan
Larisa Kadochnikova .... Marichka
Tatyana Bestayeva .... Palagna
Spartak Bagashvili .... Yurko
Nikolai Grinko .... Batag
Leonid Yengibarov .... Miko
Nina Alisova .... Paliychuk
Aleksandr Gaj .... Paliychuk (as O. Gaj)
Neonila Gnepovskaya .... Gutenyuk
A. Raydanov .... Gutenyuk
I. Dzyura .... Ivan as a Child
V. Glyanko .... Marichka as a Child
O. Ryazanov


Film Editor:
M. Ponomarenko

Production Designers:
Mikhail Rakovsky
G. Yakutovich

Costume Designer:
Lidiya Bajkova

"Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" was produced at Dovzhenko Film Studios.


Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (United States
Shadows of Our Ancestors
Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors
Teni zabytykh predkov (Russia)
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