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The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (original title)
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.

Director:

Wojciech Has (as Wojciech J. Has)

Writers:

Tadeusz Kwiatkowski, Jan Potocki (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zbigniew Cybulski ... Alfonse Van Worden
Iga Cembrzynska ... Princess Emina
Elzbieta Czyzewska ... Donna Frasquetta Salero
Gustaw Holoubek ... Don Pedro Velasquez
Stanislaw Igar ... Don Gaspar Soarez
Joanna Jedryka ... Zibelda
Janusz Klosinski ... Don Diego Salero
Bogumil Kobiela ... Senor Toledo
Barbara Krafftówna ... Camilla de Tormez
Jadwiga Krawczyk Jadwiga Krawczyk ... Donna Inez Moro
Slawomir Lindner Slawomir Lindner ... Van Worden's father
Krzysztof Litwin ... Don Lopez Soarez
Miroslawa Lombardo Miroslawa Lombardo ... Van Worden's mother
Jan Machulski ... Count Pena Flor
Zdzislaw Maklakiewicz ... Don Roque Busqueros
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Originally released in a cut version in the US, the film was restored to it's original 182-minutes running time and premiered at the New York Film Festival in September 1997. The restoration project, supervised by Edith Kramer, was initially sponsored by Grateful Dead's leader Jerry Garcia and later completed by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. The restored version includes a dedication to Jerry Garcia. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Ode to Joy
Taken from "Symphony No. 9 IV movement ('Finale')"
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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What a film!!!
3 March 2004 | by 1966nmSee all my reviews

I saw this one on TV many years ago and I was captivated! In the second change I had, I recored it on video and when my cassete was destroyed, I made a hopeless search in the internet, only to find that soon I could buy it on DVD. And I did. I just can't get away from this masterpiece of cinematography. Based on a book, clearly inspired from the 1001 nights, telling a story inside a story, inside a story (I love this), with a lot of Jorge Louis Borges magic I guess, celebrates the true joy of cinema, where nothing is more important that watch the film itself! The story is incredible, but just, doesn't matter! All I want with this one, is to see it again and again, not trying to understand the dark parts of it, or the connections between the stories, or to find my way out of the labyrinth that is build around you as you continue more inside its plot, but just to loose myself in it, be a part of it, and not wish to get out.

Not for everyone, but probably a great choice if you don't like Chuck Norris too much!


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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

9 February 1965 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Saragossa Manuscript See more »

Filming Locations:

Olsztyn, Slaskie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,377
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Production Co:

Kamera Film Unit See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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