Man Of Marble

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Political

A fine example of political art. The events which culminated in the workers' revolt and eventual martial law crackdown in Poland in 1982 are foreshadowed by one of Poland's highest-ranking directors in this black satire. Director Wajda follows film student Janda who wants to make a documentary about a former worker as her graduation requirement. Radziwilowicz...read more

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A fine example of political art. The events which culminated in the workers' revolt and eventual martial law crackdown in Poland in 1982 are foreshadowed by one of Poland's highest-ranking directors in this black satire. Director Wajda follows film student Janda who wants to make a

documentary about a former worker as her graduation requirement. Radziwilowicz is to be her subject, a man who had been lauded for his brick-laying skills before vanishing into total obscurity. Previously the subject of a film that showed what a great worker he was, Radziwilowicz became something

of a star. But when he began believing the publicity himself and started interfering in worker politics, the government quickly stifled him, disgracing his name, and banishing him into historical obscurity. This is the story Janda discovers through interviews with Radziwilowicz's contemporaries

and family and through old newsreels. Using an expository style similar to that of CITIZEN KANE, Wajda has fashioned a sophisticated indictment of Poland's communist regime, with all of its warts clearly exposed. Wajda followed this with MAN OF IRON, using similar storytelling methods to portray

the rise of Poland's Solidarity movement and its leader Lech Walesa.

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: NR
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