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175 Ratings

Man of Iron

Człowiek z żelaza

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 1981
Drama, History


Communist authorities at Gdansk city initiate a smear campaign to discredit Maciek Tomczyk (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), a prominent Solidarity movement activist. They appoint Winkel (Marian Opania), a TV journalist, to infiltrate his inner circle.

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Man of Iron Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1981 | 2 wins including: Palme d'Or

2017 | Cannes Classics

Academy Awards

1982 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Critics reviews

It’s not Wajda’s most aesthetically accomplished film as a director; instead it’s considered his most important film, as it best exemplifies the man versus history theme he consistently used in previous films. THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER is a quiet, meditative reflection on the themes at hand, while MAN OF MARBLE addresses them head-on, an interesting dichotomy that speaks to the spirit of endurance in postwar Poland.
June 27, 2014
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