Introduction by Annette Insdorf on March 23

Based on one of the greatest works of world literature (Jan Potocki’s early-19th-century novel), The Saragossa Manuscript centers on a mountain-crossing that turns into a sequence of supernatural and frightful events for the skeptical Alphonse van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski), a military officer wandering through Spain. Among the most engrossing formal experiments of the 1960s, the film is a spellbinding adventure in cinematic meta-narrative and visual invention, an endlessly rich tapestry of stories within stories, and arguably Has’s greatest and most enduringly influential achievement.