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World heritage on a disc,
This review is from: Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors [DVD] (DVD)
This is Paradjanov's stunningly beautiful story of Ivan and his love for Marichka. The story of love and loss is set amongst the rich alpine culture and customs of the Hutzul people of the Carpathian Mountain region of Ukraine.
The first 20 minutes has to be one of the most compelling opening sequences ever seen - colour, costumes, cultural artifacts, camera movements and characters collide in the most phantasmagorically delirious set of images yet committed to film.
The story unfolds like a fairy tale, through a series of self-contained chapters, each revealing aspects of the characters lives. Although there is a more obvious linear narrative than in Paradjanov's films hereafter, many still find the film 'difficult'. I think this has as much to do with the revelation of this little known culture as it has to do with the style and form of the film-making. Nevertheless, it is a work that falls some way outside of the mainstream, but if you like art, painting and cultural difference, it shouldn't be a burden but a delight.
There are wonderful songs and folk music throughout and an orchestral score by Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk, which when combined with the images in places is positively psychedelic.
This particular transfer is not without its problems. Because the blacks are so solid, in places a great deal of detail that I know should be there is lost, to the detriment of some very beautiful scenes. But generally the colours are vibrant and the picture quality is clean and sharp.
This is one of the great films - lets say works of art - of all time. Get your own slice of world heritage on a disc, now!