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Sunday 10th February 5:00 PM

Saragossa Manuscript 
(Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie)

Director: Wojciech Has Country: Poland
Cert: 15 Year: 1966 Length: 182 mins Language: Polish
Saragossa Manuscript

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Cinema Handout (PDF 119KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 46.05% Attendance: 47




Made in 1965, this became a cult classic in America, and was restored in the 1990s, by Jerry Garcia, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. The narrative is a kind of 'Don Quixote' on drugs, designed to take us on a series of tales within tales; is there a plot, or are we imagining it all? We follow the adventures of Alfonse van Worden, a Belgian officer, through the Sierra Morena during the Peninsular War. He discovers a manuscript which contains stories which involve him. These stories, and his own adventures, overlap and lead us into a surreal, swashbuckling romp.


open_quote A lost classic for the lost soul in all of us. close_quote Anton Bitel, Eye For Film

open_quote The director's eye for baroque black-and-white imagery puts him behind only Bava and Welles, while the film's sharp social satire gives heft to its ambition. close_quote David Fear, Time Out New York



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