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Between Dream and Reality: «The Saragossa Manuscript»

An Analysis of Wojciech Jerzy Has’s Movie


Iwona Grodź

The book features a detailed analysis and interpretation of «The Saragossa Manuscript» (1964) by Wojciech Jerzy Has. The interpretative key is the director’s reference to the aesthetics of various art trends, starting with baroque, through romanticism, symbolism, surrealism and the culture of Orient. The artistic references named here which to a high degree can be brought down to quotations and hints (the composition of stop-frames referring to the style of a given painter or an art trend) are to a large extent the consequence of having been adapted by a particular novel (Jan Potocki). Notwithstanding, also this time Has stigmatised the project with his own style by referring to the aesthetics of surrealism which was alien to the literary prototype.

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Films and Television Materials about the The Saragossa Manuscript


Script according to The Saragossa Manuscript novel by Jan Potocki: Tadeusz Kwiatkowski and Wojciech Has

Director: Wojciech Jerzy Has

Directorial cooperation: Andrzej Jerzy Piotrowski, Barbara Sass-Zdort, Halina Garus

Photography: Mieczysław Jahoda

Camera operator: Zbigniew Hartwig

Operational cooperation: Tadeusz Jakuczyn

Assistant to the camera operator: Stanisław Mularczyk

Illumination: Mieczysław Sitarz

Music: Krzysztof Penderecki

Performing the music: Wielka Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia in Katowice, Studio Eksperymentalne Polskiego Radia in Warszawa (electronic music)

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