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The Saragossa Manuscript

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Original title
Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie
Year
Running time
182 min.
Country
Poland Poland
Director
Screenwriter
Tadeusz Kwiatkowski (Novel: Jan Potocki)
Music
Krzysztof Penderecki
Cinematography
Mieczyslaw Jahoda (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Kamera Film Unit
Genre
Fantasy. Drama. Comedy | Surrealism. Ghosts
Synopsis / Plot
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.
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