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Man of Iron (1981)

Czlowiek z zelaza (original title)
A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Agnieszka
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Winkel
Wieslawa Kosmalska ...
Wieslawa Hulewicz
Irena Byrska ...
Matka Hulrwicz
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Dzidek
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Lech Walesa
Anna Walentynowicz ...
Anna Walentynowicz
Jerzy Borowczak ...
Stanislaw J. Borowczak (as Stanislaw J. Borowczak)
Zbigniew Lis ...
Zbigniew Lis
Teodor Kudla ...
Teodor Kudla
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Badecki
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Z-Ca Szefa
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Kapt. Wirski
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Grzenda
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A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. In Warsaw in 1980, the Party sends Winkel, a weak, alcoholic TV hack, to Gdansk to dig up dirt on the shipyard strikers, particularly on Maciek Tomczyk, an articulate worker whose father was killed in the December 1970 protests. Posing as sympathetic, Winkel interviews people who know Tomczyk, including his detained wife, Agnieszka. Their narrations become flashbacks using actual news footage of 1968 and 1970 protests and of the later birth of free unions and Solidarity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 July 1981 (Poland)  »

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The screenplay was written in only six days. See more »

Quotes

Maciej Tomczyk: You know why? Because students and workers all act alone. When we moved; they held back; now they're moving and we're scared. We'll always lose this way.
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Follows Czlowiek z marmuru (1977) See more »

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Piosenka dla Corki
Lyrics by Krzysztof Kasprzyk
Music by Maciej Pietrzyk
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One of the most important films from arguably the most important film movement in cinema history - the "Films of Moral Anxiety".
26 May 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film movement, while in no way the most important film movement artistically, considerably helped morally support and unite the Poles into a decade long, almost nation-wide rebellion against the Communist party which bloomed into the freeing of the Polish state from Soviet rule. This was a catalyst for the break-up of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, the end of the cold war, and a new stability in Europe, and indeed the world. Only taking this into account can one watch "Czlowiek z Zelaza" and truly appreciate how powerful this film is.


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