Friday, 7 September 2012

The Saragossa Manuscript and The Hourglass Sanatorium : Wojchiech Has Double Bill

Wojchiech Has Movie double bill: Polish - English Subtitles


The Saragossa Manuscript: (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie) (1965)

"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. "

Based on the novel, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa  (Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse) by Jan Potocki. To read about the life and strange death of the mystic Count Potocki ~


The Hourglass Sanatorium : (Sanatorium pod klepsydra) (1973)

"Set in pre- World War II era. A young man is on a strange train to see his dying father in a sanatorium. But the place is going to ruin and recalls a lot of memories from the past. He is beset by soldiers from the past, colonial black mercenaries, girls from his early life, and his parents. It is an interior adventure, with unusual atmospheric flair and extraordinary sets."


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Based on the short story 'Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass' by Bruno Schulz

To read this and other tales by Schulz ~

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Both movies directed by Wojchiech Has (1925 - 2000)

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