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25 February 1977 (Poland) See more »
In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jerzy Radziwilowicz ... Mateusz Birkut / Maciek Tomczyk

Krystyna Janda ... Agnieszka

Tadeusz Lomnicki ... Jerzy Burski
Jacek Lomnicki ... Young Burski
Michal Tarkowski ... Wincenty Witek
Piotr Cieslak ... Michalak
Wieslaw Wójcik ... Jodla

Krystyna Zachwatowicz ... Hanka

Magda Teresa Wójcik ... Editor
Boguslaw Sobczuk ... TV Producer
Leonard Zajaczkowski ... Leonard Zajaczkowski, Cameraman
Jacek Domanski ... Soundman

Irena Laskowska ... Museum Employee
Zdzislaw Kozien ... Agnieszka's Father
Wieslaw Drzewicz ... Hanka's Husband

Kazimierz Kaczor ... Colonel

Ewa Zietek ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elzbieta Borkowska ... Casting Attendant

Mieczyslaw Grabka ... Reader (voice)
Andrzej Graziewicz ... Judge
Edmund Karwanski ... Prosecutor
Stefania Kornacka (as S. Kornacka)
Henryk Lapinski ... Pawlusiak
Jerzy Moniak ... Engineer Moniak
Irena Oberska
Zbigniew Ploszaj ... Operator
Maciej Rayzacher ... Chairman
Juliusz Roland ... Defendant

Andrzej Seweryn ... Reader (voice)
Grzegorz Skurski ... Driver

Dorota Stalinska ... Journalist
Mariusz Swigon ... Building Technician

Zdzislaw Szymborski ... Official
Krystyna Wolanska ... Caretaker
Andrzej Wykretowicz ... Architect

Feliks Falk ... Awarded Filmmaker (uncredited)
Stanislaw Frackowiak ... Party Official (uncredited)

Krzysztof Kiersznowski ... Official (uncredited)
Jaroslaw Kopaczewski ... Worker (uncredited)
Stanislaw Michalik ... Judge (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksander Scibor-Rylski 

Produced by
Andrzej Wajda .... producer
Original Music by
Andrzej Korzynski 
Cinematography by
Edward Klosinski 
Film Editing by
Halina Prugar-Ketling 
Production Design by
Wojciech Majda 
Allan Starski 
Set Decoration by
Maria Osiecka-Kuminek 
Costume Design by
Lidia Rzeszewska 
Wieslawa Starska  (as Wieslawa Konopelska)
Makeup Department
Anna Adamek .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Agnieszka Holland .... first assistant director
Witold Holtz .... second unit director
Sound Department
Piotr Zawadzki .... sound

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Czlowiek z marmuru" - Poland (original title)
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165 min | USA:160 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The award Burski is flaunting at the airport on his return was Wajda's own award, hence Burski is a mock self-portrait.See more »
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Referenced in A Pool Without Water (1982)See more »


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51 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A powerful indictment of Communism, 24 August 2000
Author: William Ploch ( from Lexington, Kentucky

Wajda's MAN OF MARBLE is one of the most compelling attacks on government corruption that I have ever seen. It is a "Citizen Kane"-styled story of a female film student who tries to trace the history of Birkut, a long-forgotten "hero" of the Polish Communist government.

She begins by viewing propaganda film that praises Birkut as a devout worker who slaves away at brick-laying for the officials. He has the appearance of a vigilant, Hercules-like strongman who breezes through the labor without breaking a sweat. Then she goes to interview the director, who was hired by the government. He tells her about the reality of making the film, such as how Birkut was given extra food and water (unlike the other bricklayers). Wajda uses these two conflicting scenes to deconstruct the false imagery that propaganda gives its viewers. He shows us how officials manipulate such situations to their own political good.

The student goes on to interview other subjects who describe the brutal reality of Birkut's off-camera existence. In one devastating scene, she meets his wife, who breaks down and tries to avoid being interviewed. As the truth becomes clearer and clearer, the government begins to intercede in the production of the student's film.

Wajda was a film-maker who was not afraid to criticize the harsh Polish government that eventually was defeated by individuals such as Lech Walesa. MAN OF MARBLE is a testament to those who had to live through the oppression of Communism, and also to those who are still living under its iron fist.

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