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The Saragossa Manuscript

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Lets take a journey through the Napoleonic wars...

In the mid-’60s, Western mega-productions were often turgid adaps of the safest novels the producers could find.

In Poland, however, Wojciech Has turned in an epic of an altogether different stripe, converting Jan Potocki’s 19th-Century novel into a behemoth of stories-within-stories, framed by a Napoleonic officer’s discovery of the eponymous text.

Funny and sexy (Has’ usual reluctance to give his actresses the key to the wardrobe is in full effect), it also has a warm sense of fun that its peers often lack.

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