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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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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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Referenced in The Lesson of Polish Cinema (2002)See more »


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5 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Not on par with Wajda's finest, 18 June 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

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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