The Saragossa Manuscript (1965) | Wojciec Has’ surreal supernatural masterpiece restored on Blu-ray
A huge favourite of cult director’s Luis Buñuel and David Lynch, as well as rock star Jerry Garcia, the surreal supernatural tale The Saragossa Manuscript from legendary Polish director Wojciec Has is a mysteriously magical and sometimes disturbing 1960s cult classic like no other.
Adapted from the highly esteemed explorer Jan Potocki’s magnum opus, The Saragossa Manuscript encompasses a whole new supernatural world. During Napoleon’s invasion of Spain, two soldiers of opposing sides discover a strange manuscript at an Inn.
Spanning centuries and nations the magical text chronicles the adventures of Alfonso van Worden and follows a rich slew of journeys from the humorous to the horrifying, to the chilling final revelations.
Alternatively frightening and comical in its mind-bending exploration of human nature, the surreal 1965 film beautifully presents Has’ intricate approach to story telling, and is now available in a restored version on Blu-ray from Mr Bongo Films.
Posted on March 5, 2016, in Avant Garde, Cult classic, Must-See, World Cinema and tagged Avant Garde, Mr Bongo Films, Must-See, Polish cinema, The Saragossa Manuscript, Wojciec Has, World Cinema. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.