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The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
"Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie" (original title)

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Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zbigniew Cybulski ...
Iga Cembrzynska ...
Elzbieta Czyzewska ...
Donna Frasquetta Salero
Gustaw Holoubek ...
Don Pedro Velasquez
Stanislaw Igar ...
Don Gaspar Soarez
Joanna Jedryka ...
Janusz Klosinski ...
Don Diego Salero
Bogumil Kobiela ...
Senor Toledo
Barbara Krafftówna ...
Camilla de Tormez
Jadwiga Krawczyk ...
Donna Inez Moro
Slawomir Lindner ...
Krzysztof Litwin ...
Don Lopez Soarez
Miroslawa Lombardo ...
Van Worden's mother
Jan Machulski ...
Count Pena Flor
Zdzislaw Maklakiewicz ...
Don Roque Busqueros
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In the Napoleonic wars, an officer finds an old book that relates his grandfather's story, Alfons van Worden, captain in the Walloon guard. A man of honor and courage, he seeks the shortest route through the Sierra Morena. At an inn, the Venta Quemada, he sups with two Islamic princesses. They call him their cousin and seduce him; he wakes beside corpses under a gallows. He meets a hermit priest and a goatherd; each tells his story; he wakes again by the gallows. He's rescued from the Inquisition, meets a cabalist and hears more stories within stories, usually of love. He returns to Venta Quemada, the women await with astonishing news. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 February 1965 (Poland)  »

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O Manuscrito de Saragoça  »

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$3,456 (USA) (21 May 1999)

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$118,971 (USA) (10 November 2000)
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Luis Buñuel, who seldom viewed movies more than once, liked this film so much that he saw it three times. See more »

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Don Pedro Velasquez: We are like blind men lost in the streets of a big city. The streets lead to a goal, but we often return to the same places to get to where we want to be. I can see a few little streets here which, as it is now, are going nowhere. New combinations have to be arranged, then the whole will be clear, because one man cannot invent something that another cannot solve.
Alfonse Van Worden: I no longer follow.
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Solving of the mystery
27 May 1999 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I last saw this film at the Electric Cinema Club in Portobello Rd London over 25 years ago, yet it had such an impact on me I can still remember it clearly and with great affection. It certainly is a film that can on each viewing reveal something new. Does anyone know if it would be available on video? After 25+ years of thinking about it I may be able to solve the mystery.


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