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Saragossa Manuscript
Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie
dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has / Poland 1964 / 177’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzyńska, Elżbieta Czyżewska, Gustaw Holoubek, Stanisław Igar, Joanna Jędryka, Janusz Kłosiński, Bogumił Kobiela, Barbara Krafftówna, Jadwiga Krawczyk, Sławomir Lindner, Krzysztof Litwin, Mirosława Lombardo, Jan Machulski, Zdzisław Maklakiewicz, Leon Niemczyk, Franciszek Pieczka, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Kazimierz Opaliński, Adam Pawlikowski

awards

IFF Edinburgh 1965 - Mention, IFF San Sebastian 1965 - Golden Pen Prize, CIDALC Prize, IFF Sitges -1969 Special Medal, Spanish Critics Prize 1971

Film description

Wojciech Jerzy Has made The Saragossa Manuscript in 1964 as an adaptation of a novel by Jan Potocki. Its construction is based on a story-in-a-story concept. The framework story is involves one of the war leaders in Saragossa, where soldiers find a mysterious book in a deserted house. The book presents a story about Alfonse van Worden (played by Zbigniew Cybulski), a captain in the Walloon Guard, attempting to find the shortest way to Madrid. This film is a story about maturing, which involves initiation and choosing a way of life.

 Western audiences discovered The Saragossa Manuscript only in the 1990s, although the film had earlier fascinated Luis Buñuel. To everybody’s surprise, even to the director’s astonishment, the work drew great attention. In an interview, Wojciech Has admitted that it is probably due to the fact that now, the film easier to watch than before, because it is a protest against conventions. Undoubtedly, The Saragossa Manuscript is valued in America as one of the best Polish films. The director himself was called by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola a painter of iconic cinema.

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