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
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The film got an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. However, because of the martial law in Poland, the communist authorities decided to withdraw it from competing for the award as they didn't want it to represent Poland. The winner in the category was eventually the Hungarian film "Mephisto", which previously lost the Golden Palm at Cannes with Wajda's movie. See more
[to Maciek and Agnieszka at their wedding
I trust you will be a democratic couple, so let me share these flowers democratically.
Referenced in Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei
Ballada o Janku Wisniewskim
Music by Andrzej Korzynski
Lyrics by M. Cholwa
Performed by Krystyna Janda
(vocal), Jacek Kaczmarski
(guitar), Przemyslaw Gintrowski
(guitar) See more