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Wojciech Has

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Wojciech Has

Don’t miss the final two films in this short season showcasing the films of nutty, surreal Polish filmmaker Has, for these two were his best works. Napoleonic era adventure tale The Saragossa Manuscript is a bizarre, enigmatic tale of derring do whose legions of fans included the late great Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. Plus The Hourglass Sanitorium is a piece of Freudian fantasy whose influence lives on today in the work of Guillermo Del Toro.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh on Mon 9 (The Saragossa Manuscipt) and Mon 16 Nov (The Hourglass Sanatorium).

The Saragossa Manuscript

  • 4 stars
  • 1964
  • Poland
  • 182 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wojciech Has
  • Written by: Tadeusz Kwiatkowski, Jan Potocki (novel)
  • Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzyńska, Joanna Jędryka

Restored print of this outlandish film set in 18th century Spain where aristocrats, officers, rogues and scheming women slip between reality and the supernatural to create a dreamlike puzzle. A favourite film of Jerry Garcia, Scorsese and Coppola, all of who have been involved with the film's restoration onto this lovely…

The Hourglass Sanitorium

  • 4 stars
  • 1973
  • Poland
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wojciech Has
  • Cast: Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Irena Orska

Winner of the Special Jury Award at Cannes in 1973, Has' seminal work sees young man Jozef (Nowicki) travel on a strange train to visit his ailing father in a sanatorium. Existing in a microcosm of warped time, the sanatorium enables Jozef to slide through portals of fantasy and the unconscious to confront people and…

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