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, creating a rich world of light, color and texture. 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 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!
Danger: may contain surrealism and Paradisaeida.
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This movie ranks #5 in Muzeum Kinematografii w Łodzi's Best Polish Films
This movie ranks #57 in Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej's 100 Years of Polish Film
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This movie ranks #271 in 366 Weird Movies
This movie ranks #576 in UNESCO's Memory of the World
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This movie ranks #999 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000