Motion Picture Purgatory: The Saragossa Manuscript

You have to hand it to Trembles. When it comes to introducing Dread Central readers to the obscure … the offbeat … the just plain weird, no one does it better! On tap for this week’s Motion Picture Purgatory is the 1965 Polish film The Saragossa Manuscript (aka Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie).

Here’s how Amazon describes the flick: Based on the book by the highly esteemed Count Jan Potocki, the film is reputedly a respectful, mostly faithful adaptation of this literary cat’s cradle set in the weird fantasy landscapes of arid 17th Century Spain. Characters pop in and out of each other’s stories with the random logic of a trip. The characters includes sexy ghost princesses, demon possessions, and many a corpse. The intriguing stylistic flourishes sit against the wonderful soundtrack, which was composed by Krzyszt Penderecki, famous for the scores of The Shining and Wild At Heart.

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Rick Trembles' The Saragossa Manuscript review!

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  • PelusaMG

    “Buxom bisexual temptesses”… I’m there!

  • Floydian Trip

    I own this one. Definitely bizarre but that’s what makes horror films from the 60’s and 70’s so great. Anything that makes me feel like I’m stoned without actually being stoned is a winner.