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... www.cinefiches.com
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/
I haven't seen it yet (although I have DVD with "Manuscript" at home, but first I have to read the book), but I'm proud, that one of Bunuel's and Scorsese's favs was made in Poland. I've heard that in Spain people asked in which part of Spain were taken such a beautiful shots, and Has answered that it was made in Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska in Poland.