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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

Cast

Jerzy Radziwilowicz
as Mateusz Birkut
Krystyna Janda
as Agnieszka
Tadeusz Lomnicki
as Jerzy Burski
Jacek Lomnicki
as Young Burski
Krystyna Zachwatowicz
as Hanka Tomczyk
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)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Audiences less anxious to help the film say things they want said will find this point obscured by the clumsy celebrity-fan approach employed as a dramatic device.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Superior political pic.

February 7, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble)

[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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