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The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (original title)
Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.

Director:

Wojciech Has (as Wojciech J. Has)

Writers:

Tadeusz Kwiatkowski, Jan Potocki (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zbigniew Cybulski ... Alfonse Van Worden
Iga Cembrzynska ... Princess Emina
Elzbieta Czyzewska ... Donna Frasquetta Salero
Gustaw Holoubek ... Don Pedro Velasquez
Stanislaw Igar ... Don Gaspar Soarez
Joanna Jedryka ... Zibelda
Janusz Klosinski ... Don Diego Salero
Bogumil Kobiela ... Senor Toledo
Barbara Krafftówna ... Camilla de Tormez
Jadwiga Krawczyk Jadwiga Krawczyk ... Donna Inez Moro
Slawomir Lindner Slawomir Lindner ... Van Worden's father
Krzysztof Litwin ... Don Lopez Soarez
Miroslawa Lombardo Miroslawa Lombardo ... Van Worden's mother
Jan Machulski ... Count Pena Flor
Zdzislaw Maklakiewicz ... Don Roque Busqueros
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In the Napoleonic wars, an officer finds an old book that relates his grandfather's story, Alfons van Worden, captain in the Walloon guard. A man of honor and courage, he seeks the shortest route through the Sierra Morena. At an inn, the Venta Quemada, he sups with two Islamic princesses. They call him their cousin and seduce him; he wakes beside corpses under a gallows. He meets a hermit priest and a goatherd; each tells his story; he wakes again by the gallows. He's rescued from the Inquisition, meets a cabalist and hears more stories within stories, usually of love. He returns to Venta Quemada, the women await with astonishing news. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

The score composed by Krzysztof Penderecki contains quotes from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. See more »

Quotes

Donna Rebecca Uzeda: All these adventures begin simply. The listener thinks it'll soon be over, but one story creates another, and then another.
Don Pedro Velasquez: Something like quotients which can be divided infinitely.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in a cut version in the US, the film was restored to it's original 182-minutes running time and premiered at the New York Film Festival in September 1997. The restoration project, supervised by Edith Kramer, was initially sponsored by Grateful Dead's leader Jerry Garcia and later completed by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. The restored version includes a dedication to Jerry Garcia. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ode to Joy
Taken from "Symphony No. 9 IV movement ('Finale')"
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A genre piece in a genre of its own
7 June 2000 | by Bobbyh-2See all my reviews

Oh boy. I first saw this about thirty years ago, and have caught it twice since. Other than a slight reservation concerning its length, I find it a delight, and would love to see it again. In form, it resembles the Gothic novel that was popular at the turn of the 19th century, with its nested plots and bizarre ambiances and characters. The novel on which it's based was recently published in an English translation, and proves to be a delight as well--literate, witty, and dizzying. The photography and design of this film are breathtaking, and I think it's definitely worth a viewing, if, as, and when it comes around. I advise strongly against looking for Inner Meaning. It's kind of like seeing an exhibition of Magritte paintings; sometimes a flaming tuba is just a flaming tuba.


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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

9 February 1965 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

El manuscrito encontrado en Zaragoza See more »

Filming Locations:

Olsztyn, Slaskie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,377
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Production Co:

Kamera Film Unit See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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