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Man of Marble (1977)

Czlowiek z marmuru (original title)
In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was... See full summary »

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Mateusz Birkut / Maciek Tomczyk
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Jerzy Burski
Jacek Lomnicki ...
Young Burski
Michal Tarkowski ...
Wincenty Witek
Piotr Cieslak ...
Michalak
Wieslaw Wójcik ...
Jodla
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Hanka
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Boguslaw Sobczuk ...
TV Producer
Leonard Zajaczkowski ...
Leonard Zajaczkowski, Cameraman
Jacek Domanski ...
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Museum Employee
Zdzislaw Kozien ...
Agnieszka's Father
Wieslaw Drzewicz ...
Hanka's Husband
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In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was created, and what became of him. She gets hold of outtakes and censored footage and interviews the man's friends, ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero. A portrait of Birkut emerges: he believed in the workers' revolution, in building housing for all, and his very virtues were his undoing. Her hard-driving style and the content of the film unnerve her supervisor, who kills the project with the excuse she's over budget. Is there any way she can push the film to completion? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not on par with Wajda's finest
18 June 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Andrzej Wajda has always impressed me, and his war trilogy are among the best and most essential films in the history of cinema, but "Man of Marble" is an ambitious, interesting idea that isn't realized very well in script or in terms of the finished product.

The most interesting aspect of "Man of Marble" outside of the much-examined similarities to "Citizen Kane" is how subversive it is. I wonder how this was ever released in Poland at the time, and the scenes in the film where I felt Wajda really did succeed as a director is where he contrasts Soviet propaganda with the actual events- very powerful. Wajda fails more than he succeeds with this particular film though, it's a disjointed narrative and it takes tremendous skill to keep the audience interested in both stories. Sure, one may argue that "Man of Marble" isn't intended as entertainment, but even in the context of art-house cinema this film is only engaging in parts, with Agnieszka's attempt to make this film ending up far more interesting than the film she's making.

I can see where Wajda is going with the way he shot this film, but it just doesn't work very well, and the score for this film has to be one of the worst matches I've ever come across. It's ludicrous.

Something of a companion piece by the same writer and director, I found "Man of Iron" far more engaging and impressive.

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