Great Shot of the Week
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
Dir. Sergei Parajanov
A film like no other before or since. Parajanov was a respected filmmaker in his homeland Russia, but after a viewing of Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood, his pupil, he felt he could not justly make anything but the most personal and evocative form of cinema. This film is filled to the brim with genuinely confounding imagery, a film of pure impulse and poetry; this is but a mere highlight. It is available in a box set from Kino, The Films of Sergei Parajanov. Do yourself a favor and see this film.