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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.

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(as Wojciech J. Has)

Writers:

(as Wojciech J. Has), (story "Santorium pod Klepsydra")
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Tadeusz Kondrat ...
Jakub - Józef's father
Irena Orska ...
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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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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Dreamlike surrealism of the highest order.
9 March 2010 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Sanatorium pod klepsydra" is a surreal assault on the senses and perhaps one of the most beautifully shot Polish movies ever made.It's based on the remarkable collection of stories 'Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass' written by Bruno Schultz.Our protagonist Josef(Jan Nowicki)travels on a dilapidated and mysterious train to visit his father at a decayed sanatorium in the middle of the Polish countryside.His journey into a tangled world of real and imagined experiences begins.Extremely stylish and surreal mind trip is the best way to describe "Hourglass Sanatorium".Filled with elaborate set-pieces and philosophical dialogue the world imagined by Bruno Schultz is truly one of its kind.The sleazy shots of half-naked women are a nice touch and the glimpse into Jewish culture is fascinating.A must-see for fans of bizarre and unusual cinema.The wax mannequins sequence is stunningly beautiful.9 out of 10.


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