Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS

Saturday, October 29, 2011

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Russia/USSR/Ukraine/1964–directed by Sergei Paradjanov)

Sergei Paradjanov's luminous, electrifying folk tale, set in the Carpathians in the 19th century, is the story of a peasant who enters into a loveless marriage as a result of a murderous feud involving his own family and that of the woman he truly loved. This Soviet landmark – a one-of-a-kind masterpiece – is one of the most richly poetic and powerful cinematic fables of the last half-century. The picture got Paradjanov in trouble with Soviet authorities because of its visually audacious, expressionistic, avant-garde surface, as well as its deeply-rooted lesson about the dangers inherent in mindless obedience to tradition. An international prize-winner, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors was cut by nineteen minutes in its initial American release, and the title was changed to Wild Horses of Fire, a reference to one of the most striking images in the film. The cut scenes were finally restored in the 1980s, when Paradjanov's other suppressed films were rediscovered in the west, and now it can be seen in this color, 35mm print with its amazing musical score intact. In Ukrainian with English subtitles. (97 min.)

"Paradjanov's greatest work, full of visual surprises and fearless leaps in style." –Ed Guthman, San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, October 29 at 4:00 p.m.