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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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Camera to the Director: Wojciech Has and his The Saragossa Manuscript – film block devoted to the works of Wojciech Jerzy Has with statements by: Tadeusz Sobolewski, Maria Kornatowska, Sylvie Derdecki, Grzegorz Kędzierski, Sławomir Kryński, Piotr Bajor, Franciszek Pieczka, shown on “Kino Polska” channel, among others on 1.04.2004.

Editing: Tomasz Prange-Barczyński, Katarzyna Błaszczyk, Joanna Molewska, Tomasz Piątek

Photographs: Tomasz Poręba

Production Manager: Katarzyna Dziuba

Graphics: Łukasz Kotliński, Bartosz Malina

Graphics 2 D and 3 D: Bartosz Malina

Cut: Katarzyna Hoffmann, Magdalena Wojtczak, Paweł Witecki

Sound: Tomasz Dominiewski, Daniel Leonia, Konrad Kubaczewski

Music: Janusz Borysiak

Production: Kino Polska TV Sp. z.o.o.

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