The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie)
Based on the early 19th century novel by Polish author Jan Potocki, THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT is a brilliant, sexy and extraordinarily imaginative film. Starring the celebrated Zbigniew Cybulski ( Ashes and Diamonds), the film is ostensibly set at the end of the Napoleonic War. During the heat of battle, Belgian officer Alphonse van Worden (Cybulski) stumbles across an ancient manuscript. As he reads, a labyrinth of stories unfolds and takes the audience on a teasingly twisted trail through time and space. Erotic and supernatural, THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT was beloved by Alexander Pushkin as a novel; as a film, it was a longtime favorite of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. Critics frequently cite the film as one of the great masterpieces of Black and White Cinemascope cinematography. THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT is being presented, in a beautiful new print restored to its complete three hour length, by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, in dedication to the memory of Jerry Garcia.
Cast: Elzbieta Czyzewska, Zbigniew Cybulski, Barbara Krafftowna, Joanna Jedryka, Iga Cembrzynska-Kondratiuk
Produced by: Kamerafilm Unit
Directed by: Wojciech Has
Written by: Tadeusz Kwiatkowski
Running time: 3hr 2min
Opens: May 21, 1999 Limited
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