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Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron) (1981)





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Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda's sequel to his immensely well-received Man of Marble covers some of the same ground: the relationship of labor leaders to their communist political masters and the difficulties the media encounters in covering that story. But it adds an exceptionally timely element: footage from the real-life Solidarity movement strikes led by Lech Walesa that were taking place during the film's production are woven into the dramatic story. There are a few glimpses of Walesa, and he even pops up as a guest at the wedding of the fictional story's hero. That man, Tomczyk, is the son of Birkut, the labor leader profiled in Man of Marble, and he's played by the actor Jerzy Radziwilowicz, who played Birkut in the first film. In Man of Marble, a student filmmaker in late 1970s Poland tried to uncover the story of Birkut, a working-class hero of the '50s who was later politically discredited and killed in a 1970 strike demonstration. Here, Winkiel (Marian Opania), an alcoholic radio journalist, is assigned by the state to cover the rise to prominence of Tomczyk, but with an eye to discrediting him and the Solidarity movement as well. Like The Godfather II, Man of Iron successfully expands on the story of its predecessor while provocatively exploring many of the same issues. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Krystyna Janda
as Agnieszka
Marian Opania
as Winkiel
Irene Byrska
as Anna Hulewicz's Mother
Boguslaw Linda
as Radio-TV Technician Dzidek
Andrzej Seweryn
as Capt. Wirski
Boguslaw Sobczuk
as TV Editor
Jan Tesarz
as Szef
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Critic Reviews for Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron)

All Critics (2)

A not to be missed film for political junkies.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Man of Iron explores the volatile political situation in Poland from 1968 to 1980.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron)

Man of Iron is one of the greatest political films of all time. Serving as an allegory to Lech Walesa's rise with the Polish Solidarity movement, Man of Iron goes back and forth in time in order to tell us the story of Tomczyk and his rise to prominence against the Communist regime in Poland. The structure of the film is a lot like Citizen Kane as it is told through a series of interviews about the so called Man of Iron's life and works. As a reflection to Lech Walesa, who is in the film, it works immensely and tells a fascinating political story of hope and solidarity with all workers. This is a film not to be missed and should be watched when given the chance.

Nelson Maddaloni
Nelson Maddaloni

Very good. This is a good film on an important piece of history that had huge repercussion on East-West relations.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

I wish I had watched this a little sooner after watching "Man of Marble" but Cox only just recently made up this whole "advanced TV" thing and I don't think it would have worked back then, so thanks to Cox and Epix for putting this online so I can stop looking for it on cable and repeatedly getting updates for when "Iron Man" is on. This is not Iron Man. This is an occasionally boring film to an American simp like myself who did not live through the events of the whole Solidarity movement, but memories of the first film did come back, obviously the last scene of Man of Marble being re-used and expanded in the middle of Man of Iron in particular, and it is a pretty keen bit of filmmaking by Wajda, to be absolutely certain.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

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