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The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

Sanatorium pod klepsydra (original title)
Józef visits his dying father at a remote mental institution, where time itself doesn't seem to exist, and the line between dreams and memories becomes indistinguishable.

Director:

(as Wojciech J. Has)

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(as Wojciech J. Has), (story "Santorium pod Klepsydra")
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Tadeusz Kondrat ...
Jakub - Józef's father
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Józef's mother
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Adela
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Dr. Gotard
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Blind Conductor
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Bianka
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Szloma
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Fireman
Seweryn Dalecki ...
Teodor
Julian Jabczynski ...
Dignitary
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Mr. de Voss
Wiktor Sadecki ...
Dignitary
Janina Sokolowska ...
Nurse
Wojciech Standello ...
Jew Interlocutor in Restaurant
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The film depicts its protagonist, Joseph (Jan Nowicki), traveling through a dream-like world, taking a dilapidated train to visit his dying father in a sanatorium. When he arrives at the hospital, he finds the entire facility is going to ruin and no one seems to be in charge, or even caring for the patients. Time appears to behave in unpredictable ways, reanimating the past in an elaborate artificial caprice. Written by Mr Bongo

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12 December 1973 (Poland)  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Despite the communist authorities' ban on the film, it was in secret sent to Cannes in film cans with false inscriptions on them. Because of this incident, Has couldn't make any movie for the next 8 years. See more »

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In the Ruins of Time
17 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I didn't even know about existence of this gem, I came across it by chance. Long time ago I've read short story by Polish writer Bruno Schulz named Sanatorium under the Clepsydra and appreciated it greatly so I was lucky to find this excellent film adaptation. A son goes to visit his ill father in some mysterious sanatorium – in reality his father died but in this bizarre sickbay he continues to live due to some shift of time backward. In fact all the times there are merged and he meets himself younger and sees his old dead mother and takes part in all kinds of affairs occurring someplace between nightmare and reverie. The Hour-Glass Sanatorium perfectly opposed the passage of time as if this film itself has been placed into some timeless capsule.


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