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Sergei Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Kinosputniks)

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Sergei Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Kinosputniks)

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Released in 1965, Sergei Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a landmark of Soviet-era cinema—yet, because its emphasis on folklore and mysticism in traditional Carpathian Hutsul culture broke with Soviet realism, it caused Paradjanov to be blacklisted soon after its release. This book is the first full-length companion to the film. In addition to a synopsis of the plot and a close analysis of the many levels of symbolism in the film, it offers a history of the film’s legendarily troubled production process (which included Paradjanov challenging a cinematographer to a duel). The book closes with an account of the film’s reception by critics, ordinary viewers, and Soviet officials, and the numerous controversies that have kept it a subject of heated debate for decades. An essential companion to a fascinating, complicated work of cinema art, this book will be invaluable to students, scholars, and regular film buffs alike.

ISBN

9781783207091

Publication Date

11-15-2016

Relational Format

book

Department

Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

Publisher

Intellect Ltd.

Disciplines

Film and Media Studies | Slavic Languages and Societies

Sergei Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Kinosputniks)

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