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The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
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Summary: 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... (imdb)
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Poland
Directed By: Wojciech Has
AKA: Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie
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na trannygranny
0
T3
na catfacer
84
T8
na aurora
73
T8
na jeff_v
81
T10
"Something like quotients, which can be divided infinitely."
na mezjeyer
91
T10
na Prof. Sebby
70
T6
na elmakebabi
79
T9
In three words: 1) Stroke of genius 2) Slow pace 3) Boobs
na DerDude
11
T10
na stoickov
80
T7
na arzinger
90
T10
na sex36000
90
T6
na paghat
100
T10
na pietias231
83
T9
na dhelm
99
T10
na theyshoot07
60
T4
# 802
na michuk
93
T10
na imdb
79
T10
na SakiroQ
77
T7
na ze_qualquer
65
T7
na Risselada
65
T4
na MartinTeller
83
T8
Astonishing, with one caveat: it's very hard to get into this movie. The first half meanders on and on. The story is told largely in flashback, and the main thread goes nowhere and eventually gets tedious. But suddenly things click when Avadoro starts his tale: a magnificently circular and layered story that satisfies with wit, charm, and ingenuity. Everything comes together and heads for its wonderful conclusion. If you can make it through the early parts, it's a journey well worth taking.
na CHOICECOD
60
T2
na theyshoot10
61
T3
775
na carria
76
T8
na rafalko6
9
T6
na Jungle_Julia
78
T9
na jonnykungfu
85
T9
Stories with stories within stories. Complex tale comparable to later Bunuel in it's anti-linear narrative and absurdity. Often gets too convoluted or too confusing for its own good, but usually stays in the realm of entertaining, funny, weird, and layered.
na ptkw
90
T9
na Seftref
100
T10
na FallFoliage
60
T5
na edkrak
90
T10
na kangadoodoo
80
T10
na zuleyka
80
T9
na madderroot
90
T10
na tribuzi
88
T6
na Mr. Mocata
91
T9
na MikiRurk_STG
90
T10
na turin
95
T10
na satan
86
T10
na HVM
60
T4
na Warren
85
T8
na muhittin
92
T9
na fishbubba
80
T7
na daria.wrazen
75
T8
na magnoliakid
94
T8
na RiverRivers
86
T9
na negative
3
T8
na Coheed
80
T8
na korbenPL
74
T10
na to_te_rzydy
98
T10
na elk84
100
T10
na FlixR8r
74
T8
na cinema_hell
80
T7
na nesriny
60
T2
na pzingg
90
T7
na Dean Franz
84
T9
Labyrinthine tale from sunny Poland, a mindfuck in the sense that you will literally feel like someone is having sexual intercourse with your brain whilst watching it. It's sometimes rough, sometimes lovely and sometimes maddeningly frustrating and probably shouldn't be attempted while enebriated. But when it's good it's fucking amazing.
na Glurr
90
T8
na dirtyzen
90
T10
na Svankmajer
100
T10
na ehrenkm
60
T3
na zamanzaman
85
T10
na Veterini
78
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na Starecase
80
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na benrag
78
T9
na bal3x
50
T2
na gork
81
T8
na IMDb-byvotes
79
T9
na coltrane
6
T9
na finney28
70
T7
na Groooan
33
T8
na hermitek
92
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na absalom
100
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na jake_la
97
T9
na goran
77
T8
na Svengali
72
T7
na Darbicus
80
T9
na suleyman
90
T9
na winds
6
T8
na gam01
85
T9
na Ruifelizardo
60
T3
na joachimt
90
T10
na Ibn Salami
9
T10
na Limdebois
60
T5
na avgcrtckr
75
T10
na micmac•
91
T10
na ebow
90
T5
na TMDaines
85
T9
na HANDERS
98
T10
na akujin
93
T10
na mrrnn
11
T10
na bob thrillin
79
T7
na mucion
90
T9
na spicebrain
91
T9
na dmk
99
T10
na maksler
3
T6
na filmaffinity
73
T9
na KasperL
50
T4
Has its share of eye candy (cinematography and gypsy cleavages) and credit is due for the ambitious narrational device of nesting stories within stories where several of the strands become interconnected later on. This gimmick surely holds great potential, but unfortunately the individual stories did not appeal to me whatsoever (other than in the two ways listed initially). Also, the film is too long and it features a brand of humor that I don't really care for.
na BaalMan
90
T9
na The_Mxe
78
T3
na chinansky
94
T10
na kafkaligula
85
T3
na Barkinson
40
T3
na RNG
50
T6
na empire434
100
T10
na piquiblanco
93
T9
na Moribunny
83
T10
Don Quixote meets Baron Munchhausen and they spend 1001 Nights together. Based on a novel, a frame-tale nesting many tall tales, sometimes several one within the other, with everything coming together eventually. Has' adaptation is majestic; marvelously directed and played, packed with intrigue and humor, ghosts and witchcraft, foolhardy swordsmen and gorgeous temptresses. The sets are mesmerizing. A rare union of artistic excellence and enthralling fantasy adventure.
na TartanLlama
70
T6
na lyonlamb
100
T10
na eses
79
T3
na Theyshootpic
16
T4
na Fetsch
94
T10
na sweetpeas
65
T4
na Voice Within
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T10
na morozig
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na VojtisekII
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T9
na frbrown
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T2
na spider_7
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T6
na toanianaj
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na etherealtard
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na L Lawliet
60
T1
na welike
10
T1
na filmscouting
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T7
na bluesoul
86
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na guvolefou
90
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na scollection
65
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na LEAVES
56
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na debaser1985
70
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na mallamp
75
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na gabaguillar
90
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na Gui
85
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na bibis
90
T9
na themagician
60
T3
na kasator
90
T10
na escarta
55
T4
na magnani
100
T10
na nrm4
83
T10
na PeaceAnarchy
91
T10
Great stories in a beautiful surreal film. Reminiscent of Buñuel it uses dark comedy to make pointed remarks about class and religion. The layers of narrative get a bit thick at times, with stories within stories within stories, but it's not too difficult to follow and very rewarding.
na alexcucu
100
T8
na sebby
45
T2
There's a lot to take in -- some of it magical and arresting, some of it . . . not. It's a mess of a film that's worth seeing, but I wouldn't call it the masterpiece that many do.
na pl_
80
T9
na TonyS.
90
T10
na wogbo
87
T10
na Anplagd
88
T9
na owen1218
85
T9
na cshurshtopf
83
T6
na kyle.loomis
9
T10
Stories within stories ad infinitum. Frolicking freely through time with incessant charm and wonder, but not without a healthy dosage of death for balance. Circular narrative, dizzying even. Three hours is perhaps a bit too long but it was well worth it.
na Dicke_Taube
70
T6
na billkerwin
86
T8
A pioneering work of post-modernist narrative structure in film, but flawed, principally due to second-rate acting and a rather conventional visual imagination. The best thing about it is probably that it provided Bunuel with the inspiration he needed to develop the elliptical narrative structure he used to such great effect in his final films. I have to admit, though, that it kept my interest throughout the three hours.
na lucbapt
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T9
na laika
77
T7
na cat9man
54
T2
na theyshoot11
58
T2
#832
na bizarre_eye
69
T6
na davidme
36
T1
na mightysparks
40
T2
na Necroyeti
86
T5
na adrian
40
T5
na juan.v
80
T6
na Stalker
100
T10
na SirRobbie
70
T6
na penguinbob31
85
T8
na b4con
90
T9
na Ronin21
83
T9
na jacobb1313
77
T7
Imagine Bunuelian plotting and symbolism punctuated by Mel Brooks' humdingers. I was mostly amused, but moments of the production feel stilted, trying just that tiny bit too hard to be surreal and clever. The film's playful use of time, luckily, feels effortless.
na keskin
85
T10
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