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You might want to take a second look at that title. It’s not “Cavalry”—those are the horse-mounted soldiers, a familiar sight from any number of western movies. It’s Calvary, referring to the site in the New Testament where Jesus Christ was crucified.

The Hourglass Sanatorium

Wojciech J. Has’ The Saragossa Manuscript (1964) is one of the few Polish films to have become an international cult favorite, in the truest sense of the word: it’s unknown to the majority of filmgoers, but those who have seen it never forget it. (It played in Buffalo about a decade ago as part of a revival series at the Market Arcade.) A virtuoso display of film narrative, it begins as an adventure story in the Napoleonic wars that loops into seemingly tangential stories, growing increasingly complex without ever losing track of where it started.

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