The Saragossa Manuscript

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Based on the early 19th century novel by Polish author Jan Potocki, The Saragossa Manuscript (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) 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 timeand space. Critics frequently cite the film as one of the great masterpieces of Black and White Cinemascope cinematography.

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