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The Saragossa Manuscript (Restored Edition) - (Mr Bongo Films) (1965) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Zbigniew Cybulski
  • Directors: Wojciech Has
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Mr Bongo
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006LGRILQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,450 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Described by world famous directors including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Luis Bunuel and rock star Jerry Garcia, as their favourite film, Wojciech Has masterpiece The Saragossa Manuscript is a weird and wonderful Polish film like nothing else. This lovingly restored version brings another dimension to this renowned work.

Based on the book by the highly esteemed Count Jan Potocki, the film creates a magical, mysterious and sometimes disturbing world of the supernatural. The Saragossa Manuscript, is a magical text discovered by a pair of opposing soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars. Spanning centuries and nations, the manuscript encompasses a rich slew of stories from the humorous to the horrifying, climaxing with its final chilling revelations.

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I love the Saragossa Manuscript...exceptional

--Luis Buñuel

Simultaneously horrific, erotic and funny ... this is one mother of a film

--David Lynch

You don't have to take drugs to watch this movie (Jerry Garcia's favorite), but you may need some afterward

--Bright Lights Film Journal

Simultaneously horrific, erotic and funny ... this is one mother of a film

--David Lynch

You don't have to take drugs to watch this movie (Jerry Garcia's favorite), but you may need some afterward

--Bright Lights Film Journal

Simultaneously horrific, erotic and funny ... this is one mother of a film

--David Lynch

You don't have to take drugs to watch this movie (Jerry Garcia's favorite), but you may need some afterward

--Bright Lights Film Journal

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bowden on 26 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Influenced perhaps by such works as The Canterbury Tales, Don Quixote, and The Arabian Nights, 'The Manuscript Found In Saragossa' is seen as one of the monuments of 19th century European literary culture. In recent years arguably it has influenced such writers as John Barth and Robert Irwin (The Arabian Nightmare for instance). A baroque work, full of stories, of stories within stories, and again stories within stories within stories, featuring gypsies, Moors, scientists, occultists, lesbian princesses, the spirits of hanged men, the Wandering Jew and etc, with characters interchanging and reappearing in different guises, Potocki's book was never going to be an easy translation to screen.

The task was taken up in 1965 by director Wojciech Has and writer Tadeusz Kwiatkowski, and the results in his original cut ran to over three hours. Seen today, and belatedly issued in the UK, The Saragossa Manuscript is a remarkable discovery, one that any serious cinephile should experience at least once.

The story concerns one Alphonse von Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski - an actor more familiar to some perhaps from Wadja's films like Ashes And Diamonds) and his attempts to travel through the Sierra Morena to Madrid in the 18th century: a milieu redolent, at first, of the dashing bawdry of Tom Jones but which soon blazes a complex metaphysical path of its own. His story is found by a Belgian officer in the embattled Spanish town of Saragossa, in the form of a manuscript with alluring pictures, left in an abandoned house. Von Worden, it turns out was this discoverer's grandfather, it's his thwarted attempts at making progress, and the confusing diversions which interrupt the way, as well as their final effects upon him, that make up the protracted story which follows.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brzostek on 15 Aug. 2009
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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 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. At the inn cared for by people too afraid to spend the night there themselves, Van Worden is taken to a basement by a mysterious woman. He meets two beautiful Moorish princesses that make him drink from a chalice made from a human skull. He wakes up on the hillside near two hanging men with many skulls strewn about the ground.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Gasior on 4 Sept. 2008
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It's very hard to write something constructive after such a great review like Richard Bowden's. I won't go into any details then, I will simply state you will love this movie from the first sight. You will be shocked, amazed and astonished and I guarantee you won't be able to stop thinking about it for a couple of days.
That's very unusual movie, I think it's still very progressive even after 44 years of it's existence, Penderecki's soundtrack gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
Well, I think I have seen this movie about 100 times and I am 33, means that I will have a chance to watch it at least another 200 before I die. And that makes me so happy...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brzostek on 28 Feb. 2009
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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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