Unfortunately my favorite stories of the wandering Jew are absent, but you still have the stories of Don Toledo, Busqueros, The hermit, Pasheko, and so many others brought to life before your eyes. An officer of the Valon guard, Alfons van Worden, chooses the shortest route – through the Castilian mountains – to get to Madrid, and experiences a whole series of extraordinary adventures on the way. The Gospel According to St. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Both are more journeys of the mind than cause-and-effect driven plots. The film is shot in a semi-mountainous area just one hour north of Krakow.

However, the seemingly more conventional visual style is accompanied by a dizzying complication of layers of narration, generating a strong sense of narrative instability; neither the narrator nor the audience can untangle these layers of narrative in which there are at times up to four or five levels of storytelling. Another surprising result in my collection is flick from Czech republic called Horse Opera or Lemonade Joe but I doubt you can find it. They explain to Alfonse that they are sisters who have never known the pleasure of a man and have only been intimate with each other. Has The Saragossa Manuscript is a major cult film of the s. While clearly inspired by such tales as Nights, The Manuscript Found at Saragossa sets out a unique tension between the telling of fantastic tales and the demystification of these same tales by the powers of reason. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Alphonse, called away on business form the castle returns once more to the inn and again meets the two sisters, this time accompanied by their father. Do yourself a favor and see this film – you’ve never seen anything like it before and probably never will again.

When Alphonse returns to the inn there is no sign of the two sisters and the enchanted room has now been transformed into a space of decay complete with rotting food and rats. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Although Wojciech Has is watcy doubt in a league of saragosssa own, parallels can be drawn with other Polish directors and films. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Words can’t bring you into the full depth of the plot and its many convolutions, just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Polish humour is often characterised, by Poles themselves, as oscillating around the sublime and the ridiculous, but more waragossa the ridiculous. Polish humour reflects and perhaps even maps Polish history. The Potocki family is a great aristocratic family that originated from Potok in the Krakow Voivodship. In this respect Has and Lynch show another striking similarity.


Do yourself a favor and see this film – you’ve never seen anything like it before and probably never will again. Share your thoughts with other customers. It is in Krakow, s Poland, operating on rules largely unknown and incomprehensible to the West that perhaps the key to understanding The Saragossa Manuscript lies.

Has The Saragossa Manuscript is a major cult film of the s. We have to bear in mind onlne fact that when Count Jan Potocki wrote his epic, Poland had gone from being one of the chief European powers of the 17th century to nil.


A meeting of officers of the warring sides takes place during Napoleon’s Spanish campaign in Saragossa. During Napoleon’s invasion of Spain, two soldiers discover a strange manuscript at an Inn. The inclusion of both parts within the framing story of the discovery of a book of the fantastic by two rival solders, which at the end of the film is thrown onto a table by a now mad main protagonist also defies any straightforward rational explanation.

In particular, the film significantly increases the tension between the supernatural and the rational, already present in the novel, by being constructed of two halves, corresponding to the supernatural and its demystification respectively. You have no control over your life and key decisions are made for you by those around you.

So pull up your most comfortable chair, take a deep breath, and disconnect your mind from what you think you know.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Both meander somewhere between the realms of fantasy and reality. And of course, Alfonso never did expect the Spanish Inquisition.


When he wakes up this time he is in the inn but sees himself leaving with the two sisters as if he has split into two people, one forever inside the manuscript and the other who is responsible for writing it. Alfonso’s passage through the dangerous Sierra Morena Mountains is repeatedly interrupted by seemingly random encounters with an assortment of larger than life figures.

Their films will not provide you with the Hollywood feel-good factor where at the end we leave the film returning home secure in the knowledge that we successfully decoded its message. Its dark side is represented by such directors as Polanski, Lynch, and Cronenberg. Some washing can be seen in the begining outdoor shots but this can also be from the original lighting.


Alfonse is more than happy to do his duty. Get to Know Us.

The Saragossa Manuscript

Yes, neither China with it years of civilization neither Greeks with years of civilizations managed to produce anything close except propaganda. DVD Jan 01, “Please retry”. In another scene the father of Alfonse is depicted challenging another man to a duel. Showing of 27 reviews. The other key feature of the book was a novel treatment of the fantastic. The Saragossa Manuscript is most certainly a one-off but its tone, especially its at times odd-ball humour, is very Polish.

The division of the film into two parts, highlights their incompatibility; whereas in the first, the supernatural is presented by means of inexplicable experiences characterised by an extreme exoticism, in the second part numerous overlapping stories in urbane setting, serve to demystify the supernatural as the product of false perceptions and mistaken beliefs.

Manuscrlpt perhaps, but it seems that there is more Has to Lynch than meets the eye. The Saragossa Manuscript is just such a movie. After beginning his thf education at the Krakow State Academy of Music inby he had being given the position of professor at Yale University and was rector of Krakow Musikhochschule.

Zebra Films PL have taken the restored SD released by ‘Mr Bongo’ films in the UK and from it generated a truly remarkable blu-ray that looks best on the biggest screen you can get. This brings to the ending of the film, which is also the greatest departure from the novel. The structure of the film, as well as the book: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

For example, there are effects of horror but these are revealed to be the results of scheming lovers rather than any supernatural forces. Humour based on the absurd and disbelief emerges. It is a highly compelling combination of epic, rhetoric and poetry. This bypasses the questioning in the book of the reality or falsity of the scene in favour of a direct surreal immersion within it.