The Saragossa Manuscript screened at BFI Southbank
Shown as part of Passport to Cinema - See the Amazing Cinematograph season, illustrating how cinematic modernity ingested so much of the 19-th-century novel.
Mon 11 June at 6.10pm
at BFI Southbank
London SE1 8XT
The Saragossa Manuscript
dir. Wojciech Has
with Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska
Poland, 1965, 181 min.
This version of Count Jan Potocki's 1813 gothic novel is an unlikely film to come out of Communist Poland; it is defiantly unorthodox, full of strange omens, eroticism and occult adventure. A young officer journeying through the Spanish desert during the Napoleonic Wars stumbles into a world of seduction and death and a maze of stories within stories. Recently restored to its original length, there has never been a film quite like The Saragossa Manuscript.
Introduce by Dominik Power