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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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Wieslawa Hulewicz
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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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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 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 »

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[to Maciek and Agnieszka at their wedding]
Lech Walesa: I trust you will be a democratic couple, so let me share these flowers democratically.
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Referenced in Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballada o Janku Wisniewskim
Music by Andrzej Korzynski
Lyrics by M. Cholwa
Performed by Krystyna Janda (vocal), Jacek Kaczmarski (guitar), Przemyslaw Gintrowski (guitar)
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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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