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.
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you know how people go around saying they can't believe something doesn't have more fans, well i seriously for serious actually can't believe that man of marble has basically no fans!! what's wrong with everyone?!?! idk if this is wajda's masterpiece but it's def one of his best. the theme song is also this awesome pseudo-disco polish tune
a complete and utter masterpiece. five stars. Wadja uses the symbol of cinema to present the oppression of communism on Poland. extremely cine-literate too with references to both Charlie Chaplin & Agnès Varda. outstanding.
Important for its time, but its revelations about the Stalinist years feel like platitudes now. Dull direction and dialogue, saved by some creative structure, with an interplay of archival, faux-archival and proper cinematic footage. Big failure at creating the Socialist version of 'Woman with Agency', seen in the American films of the era – grimacing-overacting Janda is a pain to watch.
I though this film was really remarkable.
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