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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

TINI ZABUTYKH PRESKIV / SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (1964)


Russian helmer Sergei Paradzhanov sidestepped Soviet Realism and plunged into the world of Ukrainian folklore in this award-winning movie fable. His style of filmmaking was sui generis with a cornucopia of brightly colored visual effects and italicized acting used to recreate the feeling of an initial encounter with a beloved National myth. Naturally, there’s a boy & a girl who shouldn’t be together, but cannot live apart. Only fate can test them and only death can bring them back together. Thru Paradzhanov’s eyes, the experience is, at first, ravishing just to look at, but as the story plays out, visual fatigue sets in with his relentless inventiveness. He’s like an almost great painter whose reputation is diminished rather than enhanced by a large retrospective.

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