The Saragossa Manuscript
The Saragossa Manuscript (1999)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 1999
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

This three-hour swirl of Polish phantasmagoria, from 1965, is an epic piece of japery; it celebrates visions and magic by means of labyrinthine storytelling.

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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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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

I do not hesitate to call "The Saragossa Manuscript" a masterpiece in every way.

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David Fear
Time Out

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.

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.

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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

By any standard, a long strange trip.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Has reaches the epitome of his dazzling talent for warping cinematic time in this three hour epic, a giddy, almost unclassifiable work with elements from such disparate genre works as "The Brides of Dracula" to swashbucklers and European sex farces.

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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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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