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The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
"Sanatorium pod klepsydra" (original title)

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Set in pre- World War II era. A young man is on a strange train to see his dying father in a sanatorium. But the place is going to ruin and recalls a lot of memories from the past. He is ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Nowicki ...
Józef
Tadeusz Kondrat ...
Jakub - Józef's father
Irena Orska ...
Józef's mother
Halina Kowalska ...
Adela
Gustaw Holoubek ...
Dr. Gotard
Mieczyslaw Voit ...
Blind Conductor
Bozena Adamek ...
Bianka
Ludwik Benoit ...
Szloma
Henryk Boukolowski ...
Fireman
Seweryn Dalecki ...
Teodor
Julian Jabczynski ...
Dignitary
Jerzy Przybylski ...
Mr. de Voss
Wiktor Sadecki ...
Dignitary
Janina Sokolowska ...
Nurse
Wojciech Standello ...
Jew Interlocutor in Restaurant
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Set in pre- World War II era. A young man is on a strange train to see his dying father in a sanatorium. But the place is going to ruin and recalls a lot of memories from the past. He is beset by soldiers from the past, colonial black mercenaries, girls from his early life, and his parents. It is an interior adventure, with unusual atmospheric flair and extraordinary sets. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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12 December 1973 (Poland)  »

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In the Ruins of Time
17 September 2009 | by (Russian Federation, Ivanovo) – See all my reviews

I didn't even know about existence of this gem, I came across it by chance. Long time ago I've read short story by Polish writer Bruno Schulz named Sanatorium under the Clepsydra and appreciated it greatly so I was lucky to find this excellent film adaptation. A son goes to visit his ill father in some mysterious sanatorium – in reality his father died but in this bizarre sickbay he continues to live due to some shift of time backward. In fact all the times there are merged and he meets himself younger and sees his old dead mother and takes part in all kinds of affairs occurring someplace between nightmare and reverie. The Hour-Glass Sanatorium perfectly opposed the passage of time as if this film itself has been placed into some timeless capsule.


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