Man of Marble

1977, Drama, 2h 40m

7 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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In repressive mid-1970s Poland, documentary filmmaker Agnieszka (Krystyna Janda) begins work on a film about Mateusz Birkut (Jerzy Radziwiłowicz), a bricklayer who had briefly been hailed as a hero of the proletariat in the 1950s, but then disappeared into obscurity. In piecing together details about the bricklayer's mysterious life, she discovers that his involvement in organized labor had been viewed negatively by party bosses, and that her own investigations could put her in danger.

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  • Oct 12, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic]"Man of Marble" takes place in Poland where a young determined filmmaker, Agnieszka, is making a film for her thesis about one of the Lead Workers from the 1950's, Mateusz Birkut. She combs through the official newsreels of the period and then the films that were never shown to the public. Then, she goes to interview Birkut's former comrades in search of the man.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Man of Marble" is a political thriller directed by Andrzej Wajda that does an excellent job of showing a government that is trying to escape its own past and a generation that is trying to learn the truth about the history of their country. The movie also shows how propaganda can be used to further the government's goals.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Since this movie is critical of Poland's Communist government, then how did it ever get made? I think this is precisely another point of this very fine movie - how a critical movie is made in a non-democratic society.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]And I thought it was interesting that the filmmaker character in this movie was a woman. This in a time when female filmmakers were especially rare...[/font]
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