Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors #MovieReview

Film 290 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1964’s “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”. Directed by Sergei Parajanov and based on Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky’s novel of the same name, this Ukrainian historical drama sees Ivanko (Ivan Mykolaichuk) fall in love with Marichka (Larisa Kadochnikova), the daughter of his father’s killer. First of, what the hell was this film trying to tell me? From what I saw, Ukrainians treat funerals like concerts with bands and craft fairs. They kill each other for trying to raise money in a church. And they let anyone attend their funerals even if they’re laughing throughout. Also, if you slap a woman the last thing she’s likely to do right away is dance with you by the river? Also… Satan’s a good guy?!? So many questions that were being unanswered that I just gave up watching this film after 11 minutes. Overall, this film was a complete mess to watch. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I managed to say while watching 1964’s “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”

Film – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini zabutykh predkiv)
Year – 1964
Director – Sergei Parajanov
Written by – Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Ivan Chendej, Sergei Parajnov
Staring – Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva
IMDb Rating – 8.1/10
My Rating – HUH?!?
Length – 91 min (1h 31min)
Genre – Drama, History

We open with reading

We then cut to a boy running through a snowy woods


And Olexa has been killed by a falling tree

Little brother?!? He’s clearly older than him

Bad idea – Have white subtitles on a white backdrop

Is this how they have funerals in Ukraine? With musicians, goats and a old woman selling crafts?

Satan? In church? Never!

Wait… Satan is a good guy?! He gives God money while feeding the poor?!?

What’s with all the men having curly moustaches?

A couple get insulted as they get kicked out of church for fundraising so you do the only reasonable thing… KILL THEM ALL WITH AN AXE!!!!

Is there a reason for the two ‘Insane’ men?

Did the camera just start bleeding?

And someone’s died

WOAH!!!! That was a vicious slap he did on that girl

Wait! Hold on a minute! You just slapped her and now the two of you are dancing by the icy river? HUH?!?

I have no idea what’s happening

Better lube up this pole with vodka

Well… Time for another funeral


Ivanko then stalks a young girl before realising that he’s left all his goats unattended at a funeral parade



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