The Saragossa Manuscript (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) (Wojciech Has, 1965)

It speaks to the supernatural powers of this strange film that we are often delighted as spectators by its portents of death: a skull goblet, a gibbet, a vulture, the black robes of the Spanish Inquisition. In spite of the thematic centrality of the tyranny of fathers and adulterers and storytellers in this film, we are bewitched and bewildered (and, yes, bothered) by a lack of narrative center, and it is these ominous reminders of mortality that ultimately, paradoxically, ground us. A story will open another story, which will open yet another one, but it is in this infinite dividing that we are led to our beginnings. And ends.

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One Response to The Saragossa Manuscript (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) (Wojciech Has, 1965)

  1. Benjamin says:

    Such a remarkable description, thank you.

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