The Eve of Ivan Kupala (1968) Yuri Ilyenko

The Eve of Ivan Kupala (1968)
aka Vecher nakanune Ivana Kupala
Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Surreal
Country: Soviet Union | Director: Yuri Ilyenko
Language: Ukrainian | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 71mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 1024x464 - 25fps - 970mb

Adapted from Nikolai Gogol's stories, the film relates the tale of Piotr; too impoverished to marry his beloved (the lovely Larisa Kadochnikova, who also appeared in Parajanov's Shadows), he makes a deal with the satanic Basavriuk in exchange for untold riches. But these riches come at a price...

Yuri Ilyenko's masterpiece, The Eve Of Ivan Kupalo. Along with Sergei Urusevsky, Ilyenko changed the face of Soviet cinematography (most notably for his work on Parajanov's Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors, to which he contributed greatly), and this film is arguably his finest achievement. Images of extraordinary strangeness and intoxicating potency abound in every scene, and the visual invention running through the film is nothing short of astonishing. None of Ilyenko's subsequent works would ever quite recapture this magic, but for this film alone his name deserves to be remembered.
The Eve of Ivan Kupala (1968)

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