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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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In the movie with a movie "Building our Happiness " the assistant director is listed as Andrezj Wajda.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Sauve la vie (qui peut) (1981)See more »


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For the party and for the nation, 15 April 2017

Ironic, tongue-in-cheek, smart and a tad too long, "Man of Marble" is a good movie that can't help being a little bit too much in love with itself, on top of being unable to know where to stop, thus ending being a little bit repetitive.

Agnieszka, a university student doing her diploma film, decides to investigate in the past of long forgotten hero of the people Birkut. Her search brings her to discover a lot about a man that was put in a pedestal to then be forgotten and erased from the history of the nation.

Wajda does not use a lot of subtlety in this film, but who needs it when the script is smart enough, the direction top notch, with some great shots and a pace that is sometimes close to an action movie, and there is really good acting (in particular our hero, Agnieszka, played with a lot of sass and confidence by Krystyna Janda). The score and the use of locations is also great.

However, the movie clocks at over two hours and a half, and the ideas behind the movie: the use of unknown people by the ones in power as little more than toys, destroying lives and dreams without a second of remorse, the difficulty to fight the system or the way paranoia extends everywhere in some regimes become undone by repetition and by a story that starts to spin on its wheels around the 1 hour and a half mark.

It is totally worth checking though. Just be sure to have enough time (you may want to have some breaks).

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