The Saragossa Manuscript
The Saragossa Manuscript (1999)

In this Polish mystery, an Army captain is traveling in the mountains near Madrid. While on his journey, he finds himself mixed up with a princess, ghosts, and a series of inexplicable events.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Fear
Time Out New York

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

a maddening celebration of the power of narrative to amuse, bewilder, disorient and entrap.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

By any standard, a long strange trip.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

A wonderful, surreal assault on narrative; it's funny, intelligent, and a ridiculously sly good time.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Infus[es] a similar unearthly cadenceo the swashbuckling genre that Jodorowski did to the western with El Topo.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's not quite as life-changing as all that, but it's certainly playful and very interesting as a study of narrative flow.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An interesting failure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Great movie. Kinda sucky American DVD though. The aspect ratio looks wrong and no extras to speak of. This film has so much going on it practically cries out… More
Dimitris Springer
By the Elysian Fields and Hades,the photographic proportions of this film were highly jubilant!The farcical approach helps to create a Dionysian environment and… More
Stella Dallas
a stupendous surrealist mindfuck of a movie based on what can only be a fantastic book by a complete madman...takes place in spain but filmed in polish and from… More
Lesley N
Polish black and white film about Alfonso van Worden, captain in the Walloon Guard. What happens to him, and then what happens to other people, and then stories… More