Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble) (1981)
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as Mateusz Birkut
as Jerzy Burski
as Young Burski
as Hanka Tomczyk
as Film Editor
as Agnieszka's Producer
as Agnieszka's Father
Critic Reviews for Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble)
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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?
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.
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.
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