Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv) Reviews

August 2, 2019
Whatever passes before [Sergei Parajanov's] camera -- men, women, children, animals, crucifixes, candles, fire, snow -- is rendered so vividly that other films look like vague shadows by comparison.
November 17, 2011
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.
October 30, 2007
In this overwhelmingly beautiful movie, a sad, short, brutalized life is elevated to ecstatic myth.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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.
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.