Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv) Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
February 21, 2008
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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 30, 2007
In this overwhelmingly beautiful movie, a sad, short, brutalized life is elevated to ecstatic myth.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Sergei Paradjanov's extraordinary merging of myth, history, poetry, ethnography, dance, and ritual... remains one of the supreme works of the Soviet sound cinema, and even subsequent Paradjanov features have failed to dim its intoxicating splendors.