Archive for Wojciech Has

Hogg Wild

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2013 by dcairns


A Polish adaptation of Scottish author James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (often abbreviated to Confessions of a Justified Sinner, which makes it sound uncomfortably like a Robin Askwith comedy) allows me to look into the unlucky cinematic history of this peculiar work, over at The Notebook in this fortnight’s edition of The Forgotten.

And at Apocalypse Now, Scout Tafoya continues the ’68 Comeback Special, our report on the abortive Cannes Film Festival of that year, with an impassioned and personal encounter with Jan Nemec’s Kafkaesque A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS. Go!

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Posted in FILM, literature, Mythology with tags , , , , on May 25, 2008 by dcairns

Man U

A fellow called Timjim gets in touch to tell me about a website devoted to the re-release of Wojciech Has’ THE SARGOSSA MANUSCRIPT. It’s a good cause, so I’m happy to share the info. The novel by Jan Potocki is the closest thing to The Thousand and One Nights written in the modern era, a staggering work of imagination and scope. The film does justice to it. And it stars “the Polish James Dean” himself, Zbigniew Cybulski.

I might also say that it’d be nice if the rest of Has’ work got released too — I’m told it’s ALL great, and there’s forty years’ worth! The sooner we all start, the better.