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Man Of Marble (1976)
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Starring: Piotr Cieslak, Krystyna Janda, Jacek Lomnicki, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Michal Tarkowski, Magda Teresa Wojcik, Weslaw Wojcik, Krystyna Zachwatowicz
Director: Andrezj Wajda
Category: Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: Vanguard
Subtitles:
English
Length:
165 mins

 
 

 

Cannes Film Festival Award Winner!

Not only is Andrzej Wajda's award winning Man Of Marble one of the most important films in the history of Polish cinema, it is also one of teh most compelling attacks on government corruption ever made. It is a Citizen Kane-styled story where Wajda introduces us to a young woman in Krakow, Agnieszka, who is making her thesis film. She is looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly elevated to the status of a communist hero. She wants to know how his heroism was created and what became of him. She gets a hold of censored footage and interviews with the man's friends and ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero. A portrait of Birkut emerges as a man who believed in the socialist ideals, the workers revolution, and in building housing for all. The young filmmakers hard-driving style and the content of the film however unnerve her supervisor, who thinks its content is getting too close to a political nerve. The film project is killed with the excuse she is over budget but the young filmmaker pushes forward against all odds to finish her film.