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

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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... See full summary »

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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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Donna Rebecca Uzeda: All these adventures begin simply. The listener thinks it'll soon be over, but one story creates another, and then another.
Don Pedro Velasquez: Something like quotients which can be divided infinitely.
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Masterpiece
8 March 2001 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Before I start gushing about this film, keep in mind that I rarely see European (let alone Polish) films, and I rarely see "vintage" films. The few "art houses" in Denver typically show films, like Crouching Tiger, which are intended for US audiences and distributed to regular first-run theaters in most major cities. Since I don't study the listings religiously, nor do I always have 10 bucks to blow on a film, I rarely encounter films that challenge the norms of either mainstream Hollywood or the recent Hollywood-controlled "indie" film industry. Needless to say, this film floored me. I was immediately amazed by the vividness of its black-and-white imagery. While b/w has become an overused technique to depict bleakness, this film reminded me just how little all the high-tech Hollywood production methods actually use the medium of film itself to its fully expressive potential. This film is visually stunning in its images' depth, textures, and light. The next thing that struck me was how outrageously funny the film is--funnier than I could have imagined a 40 year-old movie from a culture about which I know almost knowing. Three hours later, I didn't want the film to end. Its cycles of absurd story lines, surreal dialog, and engaging imagery were utterly new and engrossing to me. Despite my Luddite tendencies, I have vowed that when this film is released on DVD, I'll go out and get a player just to see this film over and over again. Perhaps then I'll have more critical comments--for now, just WOW.


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