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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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Cast

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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One of very few films in which Zbigniew Cybulski plays without his dark glasses. 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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A genre piece in a genre of its own
7 June 2000 | by (Dobbs Ferry, NY) – See all my reviews

Oh boy. I first saw this about thirty years ago, and have caught it twice since. Other than a slight reservation concerning its length, I find it a delight, and would love to see it again. In form, it resembles the Gothic novel that was popular at the turn of the 19th century, with its nested plots and bizarre ambiances and characters. The novel on which it's based was recently published in an English translation, and proves to be a delight as well--literate, witty, and dizzying. The photography and design of this film are breathtaking, and I think it's definitely worth a viewing, if, as, and when it comes around. I advise strongly against looking for Inner Meaning. It's kind of like seeing an exhibition of Magritte paintings; sometimes a flaming tuba is just a flaming tuba.


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