I first read about this film in Maxine Hong Kingston's fantastic book "Tripmaster Monkey" back in the mid late 90s as a teen... and spent several years in search of it. Fell in love with the first viewing, and more so with each subsequent viewing. Wojciech J. Has was a brilliant director.
Comic surrealism of the Buñuel-type, with stories in stories in stories in stories etc. It's very entertaining although any deeper meaning got lost on me. Nice experimental soundtrack and loads of beautiful women with cleavages to die for (or to convert to Islam).
A baroque labyrinth of embedded tales that eventually tie together. (I think. I lost track of some of them.) Witty, funny, and beautifully shot. It goes on a bit too long, perhaps, and we've grown tired of tracking the story layering exercise well before it comes to a close.
Sadly, the 2K digital restoration making the rounds in the program "Martin Scorsese Presents: Mas http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/films/diary/
With gorgeous cinematography, a huge person gallery and an absorbing story of smaller stories that is intertwined and interrelated to each other this is one unique Polish fantasy movie and a masterpiece I want to revisit now and again.
Une oeuvre en "boucle" étonnante et fascinante, construit sur le principe des poupées-gigognes ou plusieurs récits souvent complexes s'emboîtent avec talent et mystère pour bâtir une oeuvre au charme indéfinissable, d'une maîtrise époustouflante qui rappelle la bienheureuse folie surréaliste...