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The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

Poland 182m B&W
Director: Wojciech Has; Cast: ZbigniewCybulski, IgaCembrzyńska, ElżbietaCzyżewska, GustawHoloubek,Stanislaw Igar, Joanna Jędryka, JanuszKlosinski

The_saragossa_manuscriptSet in 18th century Spain, The Saragossa Manuscript is based on Jan Potocki’s 1815 novel Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse which contains a labyrinth of interwoven stories read from a manuscript that is found during the Napoleonic Wars. These stories involve and revolve around Alphonse van Worden, a Walloon Guard who is visited by malevolent spirits, stumbles into the Spanish Inquisition, and meets a host of unusual folk who relate their own stories to him. A captivating self-referential comically surreal film, The Saragossa Manuscript is a brilliantly stylized production that looks to have been an influence on a number of creative directors such as Bunuel, Polanski and Gilliam (Klaus Ming April 2016).

4 comments on “The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

  1. Joachim Boaz

    One of my favorites! I also recommend reading the novel — it’s great fun!

    • Klaus

      This one took me by surprise – I really enjoyed it, and i’m definitely going to track down a copy of the book.

      • Joachim Boaz

        The book blew me away (I mean, 18th century and it reads almost like some post-modern novel)… I think the film does a good job indicating some of the elements of the book… Also, I recommend Haas’ The Hourglass Sanatorium — although I had to watch it on youtube in Spanish… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070628/?ref_=tt_rec_tt

  2. Klaus

    Thanks, i’ll add it to my list of films to find. I’ve since read a bit more about the book, and yeah, amazingly ahead of its time.

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