The Saragossa Manuscript (1999)
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Alfons (Zbigniew Cybulski) is a young army captain who meets two women of Moorish ancestry at what appears to be a deserted inn near Madrid. They tell Alfons he is the descendant of a noble family and that he must undergo a series of challenging missions to prove himself. A magician tries to take his soul, and he is visited by ghosts near the mountains of Madrid. Author Jan Poticki committed suicide a year after the symbolic and allusive book this movie was based on was published. ~ Clarke
May 21, 1999 Limited
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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.
Infus[es] a similar unearthly cadenceo the swashbuckling genre that Jodorowski did to the western with El Topo.
These trials suggest a goofy, sprawling, all-purpose allegory so overstuffed with symbolism that it plays as a kind of epic spoof of the form.
Derived from a hundred-sixty-year-old novel written in French, Wojciech Has's 1965 Edinburgh and San Sebastián prize-winning 'The Saragossa Manuscript' is in beautiful black and white
It's not quite as life-changing as all that, but it's certainly playful and very interesting as a study of narrative flow.
a maddening celebration of the power of narrative to amuse, bewilder, disorient and entrap.
A wonderful, surreal assault on narrative; it's funny, intelligent, and a ridiculously sly good time.
Surely one of the most convolutedly plotted films ever to reach the silver screen.
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