Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1967)

100 mins | Drama | 1967

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HISTORY

Released in the U.S.S.R. in 1965 as Tini zabutykh predkiv . Also known as Shadows of Our Ancestors , Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors and Wild Horses of Fire ... More Less

Released in the U.S.S.R. in 1965 as Tini zabutykh predkiv . Also known as Shadows of Our Ancestors , Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors and Wild Horses of Fire . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Tini zabutykh predkiv by Mikhaylo Mikhaylovich Kotsyubinskiy (Kiev?, 1911).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Tini zabutykh predkiv
Release Date:
1967
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 March 1967
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
with b&w seq; Sovcolor
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the early 1900s in a small Carpathian village, Ivan is saved from a falling tree by his brother, who is killed as a result. A short time later, Ivan's father is murdered in a fight, and afterwards the boy and his mother are forced to subsist in poverty. From childhood Ivan grows close to Marichka, whose father was responsible for his father's death. As they grow up, they fall in love, though his poverty and the feud separating their families make it impossible for them to marry. One day while Ivan tends his sheep, Marichka, attempting to rescue a lamb, falls from a cliff and drowns in the river below. Ivan is overwhelmed by grief and grows apathetic toward all about him. Eventually, he is persuaded to marry the sensual Palagna, but he remains haunted by memories of Marichka. Palagna visits the village sorcerer for help in reclaiming Ivan from the past, but she eventually yields to his charms. As Ivan tries to defend his family honor, the sorcerer strikes him with an axe. Dying, Ivan makes his way to the river where Marichka died and reaches out to her vision as it appears before him. The entire village mourns his death in a traditional pagan ... +


In the early 1900s in a small Carpathian village, Ivan is saved from a falling tree by his brother, who is killed as a result. A short time later, Ivan's father is murdered in a fight, and afterwards the boy and his mother are forced to subsist in poverty. From childhood Ivan grows close to Marichka, whose father was responsible for his father's death. As they grow up, they fall in love, though his poverty and the feud separating their families make it impossible for them to marry. One day while Ivan tends his sheep, Marichka, attempting to rescue a lamb, falls from a cliff and drowns in the river below. Ivan is overwhelmed by grief and grows apathetic toward all about him. Eventually, he is persuaded to marry the sensual Palagna, but he remains haunted by memories of Marichka. Palagna visits the village sorcerer for help in reclaiming Ivan from the past, but she eventually yields to his charms. As Ivan tries to defend his family honor, the sorcerer strikes him with an axe. Dying, Ivan makes his way to the river where Marichka died and reaches out to her vision as it appears before him. The entire village mourns his death in a traditional pagan ritual. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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