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Man of Marble (1977)

Czlowiek z marmuru (original title)
A young Polish filmmaker sets out to find out what happened to Mateusz Birkut, a bricklayer who became a propaganda hero in the 1950s but later fell out of favor and disappeared.

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Andrzej Wajda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerzy Radziwilowicz ... Mateusz Birkut / Maciek Tomczyk
Krystyna Janda ... Agnieszka
Tadeusz Lomnicki ... Jerzy Burski
Jacek Lomnicki Jacek Lomnicki ... Young Burski
Michal Tarkowski ... Wincenty Witek
Piotr Cieslak Piotr Cieslak ... Michalak
Wieslaw Wójcik ... Jodla
Krystyna Zachwatowicz ... Hanka
Magda Teresa Wójcik ... Editor
Boguslaw Sobczuk ... TV Producer
Leonard Zajaczkowski Leonard Zajaczkowski ... Leonard Zajaczkowski, Cameraman
Jacek Domanski Jacek Domanski ... Soundman
Irena Laskowska ... Museum Employee
Zdzislaw Kozien ... Agnieszka's Father
Wieslaw Drzewicz ... Hanka's Husband
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In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was created, and what became of him. She gets hold of outtakes and censored footage and interviews the man's friends, ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero. A portrait of Birkut emerges: he believed in the workers' revolution, in building housing for all, and his very virtues were his undoing. Her hard-driving style and the content of the film unnerve her supervisor, who kills the project with the excuse she's over budget. Is there any way she can push the film to completion? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The award Burski is flaunting at the airport on his return was Wajda's own award, hence Burski is a mock self-portrait. See more »

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Polish Epic
19 July 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was created, and what became of him. She gets hold of outtakes and censored footage and interviews the man's friends, ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero.

What is to be said about this film? Some say it is anti-communist, but is that really fair? At most, it could be said to be anti-Stalinist, which isn't really the same thing when you get down to it. And because one idealist has faded to obscurity, does that put a shadow over the whole movement? The idea is interesting and of course has some historical parallels, but I can't say it ever fully got my attention and would not be one of my favorite Polish films. I would much more have enjoyed an exposition of a real person rather than some fictional creation.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

25 February 1977 (Poland) See more »

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Man of Marble See more »

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