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| | 2 hr 41 min | Drama, History, Foreign

"Marble Man" redirects here. For Marble Man: Marble Madness II, see Marble Madness. Man of Marble (Polish: Czowiek z marmuru) is a 1976 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It chronicles the fall from grace of a fictional heroic Polish bricklayer, Mateusz Birkut (played by Jerzy Radziwiowicz), who became the Stakhanovite symbol of an over-achieving worker, in Nowa Huta, a new (real life) socialist city near Krakw, . Agnieszka, played by Krystyna Janda in her first role, is a young filmmaker who is making her diploma film on Birkut, whose whereabouts seems to have been lost two decades later. The title refers to the propagandistic marble statues made in Birkut's image. It is somewhat of a surprise that Wajda would have been able to make such a film, sub silentio attacking the Socialist Realism of Nowa Huta, revealing the use of propaganda and political corruption during the period of Stalinism, and presaged the loosening grip of the Soviets that came with the Solidarity Movement. Agnieszka has trouble making the film from archival sources and museum collections and people who answer her questions vaguely. Her father suggests that if he were making a film on someone, he would like to find that person first. With this inspiration, Agnieszka tracks down his son, Maciej, in the Gdask shipyards. There she finds out from Maciej that his father had died years ago, presumably at the shipyards where many people had been shot by the Polish Secret Police during the strikes of 1970. In 1981, Wajda filmed Man of Iron, which depicts Maciej's involvement in a Polish anti-Communist workers' movement.

Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Jacek Lomnicki, Michal Tarkowski
Andrzej Wajda
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