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Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble) (1981)





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The first of Polish director Andrzej Wajda's two "Solidarity" films, Man of Marble (originally Czlowiek z Marmuru) concerns bricklayer Mateusz Birkut (Jerzy Radziwilowicz). Lauded as a national hero in the 1950s due to his skills at his trade, Birkut has inexplicably fallen into obscurity. In making a film of the bricklayer's life, documentary director Agnieszka (Krystyna Janda) discovers that the bricklayer used his sudden fame to become involved in labor politics -- whereupon the repressive government did its best to wipe out all traces of his accomplishments. This climactic revelation was, ironically, excised by the Polish censors when Man of Marble was first released. Director Wajda followed this film with Man of Iron, which traced the further political exploits of director Agnieszka and her husband, the son of the unfortunate bricklayer -- also played by Jerzy Radziwilowicz. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
G (not Rated)
Art House & International , Drama
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Jerzy Radziwilowicz
as Mateusz Birkut
Krystyna Janda
as Agnieszka
Tadeusz Lomnicki
as Jerzy Burski
Jacek Lomnicki
as Young Burski
Krystyna Zachwatowicz
as Hanka Tomczyk
Magda Teresa Wójcik
as Film Editor
Boguslaw Sobczuk
as Agnieszka's Producer
Zdzislaw Kozien
as Agnieszka's Father
Ewa Zietek
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble)

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Superior political pic.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble)

It's been compared to Citizen Kane a lot, but doesn't get branded as the greatest film ever made so I wasn't as predisposed to hate what I was watching. As such, it's pretty good, very '70s with the music but hey, who knew disco wouldn't last forever?

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

An interesting study of media's ability to distort the truth, and an indictment of oppression. While the film is pretty good at keeping you engaged, there are a couple of minor issues. It's aged quite poorly, noticeably in the fashions but more egregiously in the terrible music. The larger problem is Janda's manic performance. It's like Wajda pumped her full of cocaine before every take (maybe he did, it was the late 70's). It's uncomfortable watching her twitch and shift around all the time.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

The more Wajda I see, the more it becomes apparent that while his films tend to be political they aren't particularly preachy. They're strong, emotional, passionate and in some cases heartbreaking, but they never get to the point where I feel like I'm being force fed some agenda. The same goes for Man of Marble this nearly three hour political epic managed to keep me fascinated for the entire runtime to the point that I was almost angry when it ended and I realized I'd have to go find myself a copy of the sequel, Man of Iron, if I wanted to see how the thing continued. This is a serious film, with a serious message, but it never takes itself too seriously. Indeed, as a comparison that has been before, this is kind of like Citizen Kane only without all of the self-importance. I wish there was a better copy of this out there. Vanguard isn't as bad a label as Facets, but it's still not great. Still, I think it's a testament to the film's caliber that I was able to sit happily through three hours of crappy picture quality and sketchy subtitles.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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