Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
The Saragossa Manuscript
dir. Wojciech Has, Poland, 1964, DCP, b/w, Polish w/ English subtitles, 182 min.
A favorite film of Jerry Garcia and Luis Buñuel, The Saragossa Manuscript is a brilliant adaptation of one of the greatest works of world literature. A Chinese box tale, a travel story about the supernatural and mystical opposed to the humanist materialism.
It is 1739 as Alphonse van Worden crosses the wild range of the Sierra Morena, a land said to be inhabited only by demons, evil spirits and invisible hands that push travelers into chasms. Although he refuses to listen to those tales, his journey will be a sequence of supernatural and frightful events. But maybe they’re only illusions?
Introduced by Professor Paul Wright, Assistant Professor of English and Acting Director of the Honors program at Cabrini College
Organized by: Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory, CRF and The Film Foundation.
In cooperation with: Kino RP, Tor, Zebra, Kadr and Janus Films.
Distributed by Milestone Film & Video.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Film Institute.
Honorary Patronage: the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Montreal, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto