SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is the 2nd film in our Soviet Film Series. This film, directed by Paradjanov in 1964, screens Friday, February 25 at 7 pm in Miller 105.
“Bourgeois subjectivist . . . Ukrainian nationalist . . . Inciter of suicide and homosexuality.” Just a few of the Kremlin’s many labels for Sergei Paradjanov, the visionary director that consistently refused to toe the Communists’ line and subsequently ended up shuffling between prisons for the majority of his career. Unconcerned with the “Socialist Realist mission” assigned to all postwar directors, Paradjanov’s 1963 film SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS marks a defining moment of artistic dissent in Soviet filmmaking, with its heightened mysticism and respectful portrayal of 19th-century provincial culture. These themes couldn’t have been more out of step with the Party’s collectivist drive towards a homogeneous, Moscow-centric society, as Paradjanov sadly discovered.
For more information on the film series, contact Jim Bunnelle (email@example.com)