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Saragossa Manuscript (Widescreen Restored Edition)


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  • Actors: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Gustaw Holoubek, Stanislaw Igar
  • Directors: Wojciech Has
  • Writers: Jan Potocki, Tadeusz Kwiatkowski
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6YR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,172 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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People have loved storytelling since the beginning of time. Stories that captivate us, stories that give us chills, stories that excite us, and stories that make us think are all great, but some stories do all of these such as The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie). The Saragossa Manuscript is quite possibly one of the best Polish films ever made and is one of my favorites. Based on the novel written by Jan Potocki, this classic Polish movie directed by Wojciech Has is not straightforward, but rather resembles a complicated tapestry.

During the Napoleonic wars in Spain, two soldiers from opposing sides become fascinated by the same object. A French officer finds a manuscript on the second floor of a tavern, but the town is soon captured by the Spanish. The Spaniard, seeing the importance of the tome, translates it to the Frenchman who is unable to read the book as it is written in Spanish. The book describes the adventures of one of the Spaniard's ancestors, Alfonse Van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski). Humorously, when the Spanish troops tell their commander 'we are being surrounded' he only tells them 'close the door, you are letting in a draft.'

Alfonse Van Worden is trying to pass the Sierra Morena Mountains of Spain in the 18th century on his way to Madrid. But his passage is no simple task, as ghosts, gypsies and inquisitors complicate his voyage. On the hillside is an inn that is cared for by people who too afraid to spend the night there themselves. Van Worden disregards the superstitious people, only to be taken to a basement of the inn by a mysterious woman. In the basement, he meets two beautiful Moorish princesses that want him to be their husband, but quickly make him drink from a chalice made from a human skull.
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By Alain Teventer on Jan. 28 2010
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I loved this film. A magical surreal tale - kind of like a shaggy dog story as related by Bunuel or Lynch. This DVD edition is very basic (in the sense that there are very few extras: the isolated music score promised in the packaging is apparently not present), but the picture quality is pretty good.
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The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) is a classic Polish film directed by Wojciech Has. The story is not straightforward and resembles a complicated tapestry. It begins with two men from opposing armies finding a book during the Napoleonic wars in Spain. The book describes the adventures of one of the soldier's ancestors, Alfonse Van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski). We watch Van Worden's adventures and the people he meets tell him their stories. Like a nesting egg, the movie becomes a story in a story in a story. The stories interlink and overlap, each filling us in with details the others where not aware of.

The Saragossa Manuscript looks beautiful in black and white, its music is just as appealing and acts as a frame to this wonderful portrait. The theme of this film also adds to its richness as it combines the supernatural with great storytelling. It nearly resembles a horror with creepy ghosts and ghouls, but is also humorous and erotic. The buxom women in this film are beautiful and give it an alluring aura and invigorating energy. Albeit the story is sophisticated, many of the tales are about normal people and even resemble a romance at times. We are left to wonder if the supernatural events are actual or just tricks.

I think The Saragossa Manuscript is absolutely delightful. Running three hours in long, every minute is enjoyable and adds to the overall story. I consider it to be a one of the best Polish movies of all time and may even appeal to those who usually don't watch world cinema.
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The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) is a classic Polish film directed by Wojciech Has. The story is not straightforward and resembles a complicated tapestry. It begins with two men from opposing armies finding a book during the Napoleonic wars in Spain. The book describes the adventures of one of the soldier's ancestors, Alfonse Van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski). We watch Van Worden's adventures and the people he meets tell him their stories. Like a nesting egg, the movie becomes a story in a story in a story. The stories interlink and overlap, each filling us in with details the others where not aware of.

The Saragossa Manuscript looks beautiful in black and white, its music is just as appealing and acts as a frame to this wonderful portrait. The theme of this film also adds to its richness as it combines the supernatural with great storytelling. It nearly resembles a horror with creepy ghosts and ghouls, but is also humorous and erotic. The buxom women in this film are beautiful and give it an alluring aura and invigorating energy. Albeit the story is sophisticated, many of the tales are about normal people and even resemble a romance at times. We are left to wonder if the supernatural events are actual or just tricks.

I think The Saragossa Manuscript is absolutely delightful. Running three hours in long, every minute is enjoyable and adds to the overall story. I consider it to be a one of the best Polish movies of all time and may even appeal to those who usually don't watch world cinema.
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