The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2751 Wednesday, 5 December 2001
Date: Tuesday, 4 Dec 2001 19:41:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Readers of SHAKSPER in the Philadelphia area might be able to take
advantage of the Thursday, 6 December screening of a Ukrainian film
advertised as *Romeo and Juliet*-related. (I must add, however, that it
sure doesn't sound like my grandparents' Carpathian Mountains any more!)
FILM @ INTERNATIONAL HOUSE -
Thursday, December 6 at 8:00pm.
Admission is $5.00 at the door, available one hour before showtime.
SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS, directed by Sergei Paradjanov
(1964, Ukraine, 100 mins, Color, Ukrainian w/ English subtitles)
A masterpiece of Ukrainian folklore and winner of sixteen awards from
around the globe, Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors is an extravagant,
surreal, sumptuous saga of Romeo and Juliet in the Carpathian Mountains.
Set in the 19th century Ukraine, the drama centers around a young man
who is trapped in a loveless marriage and haunted by his dead, but true
sweetheart. Chants, folk songs and vibrant color combine with
meticulously choreographed camera and actor movement making this film
the most haunting, religious-superstitious and sensual-erotic film to
ever come out of the former Soviet Union.
Sergei Paradjanov, though not as widely known in the West, is one of the
true mavericks and visionaries of the modern cinema. He managed to
direct some of the most lyrical and beautiful films ever made while
suffering under a government which censored and banned much of his work
and eventually sent him to prison. Of his art Paradjanov offers: "Only
in ballet do we see pure beauty, pure pantomime. This is what I am
aspiring to. The basis of my art is Persian miniatures, enamels from
Byzantium -very na