Sanatorium pod klepsydra (1973)
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- The Hourglass Sanatorium
- 124 min.
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A work of sheer brilliance; truly astounding in every regard! One of the most unique, fascinating and extraordinary films ever made. The most exquisite Mise-en-scène I've ever witnessed. The effort and detail that went into each scene is absolutely astonishing! Through mesmerizing visuals the film drifts through the protagonist's mind, merging his memories, imagination, fears and desires into a dreamlike stream of consciousness. However, this summation doesn't say much; the execution must be seen. W. J. Has found the perfect balance between style and substance. The cinematography is the most remarkable visual achievement I have ever viewed! Has carried on from Welles, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi and Fellini and took to the next level in breathtaking colors. I never thought I'd see a film that surpasses Tarkovsky's aesthetic, especially to this extent. The culmination of 1970's cinema, or of any decade really. It's appalling that this doesn't receive wider attention. This is cinema at it's absolute finest! The definition of the word "masterpiece".
P.S. For those who didn't know, the film is available in region free DVD and Blu-ray format from the label company "Mr. Bongo" - excellent quality!
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This movie ranks #5 in Lodz Film Museum's Best Polish Films
This movie ranks #54 in iCheckMovies - Most Favorite
This movie ranks #57 in Polish Film Institute's 100 Years of Polish Cinema
This movie ranks #271 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #576 in UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage
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