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Man of Marble

Człowiek z marmuru

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 1977
Drama, History


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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Man of Marble Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1978 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1981 | Winner: Special Award

1981 | 2nd place: Best Foreign Language Film

The film is startlingly frank, though its script and release were obstructed for more than 15 years. A sophisticated epic of multiple layers, it follows headstrong film student Agnieszka (Krystyna Janda) as she endeavours to make her thesis film on Mateusz Birkut.
November 21, 2016
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Wajda has made finer films, to be sure, but Man of Marble is a fascinating document of a country trying to put together the pieces of its own wiped-out recent past. Considering the issues portrayed in Man of Marble, and considering its cynicism and honesty, it’s hard to believe that it was made at all. Prophetically, the penultimate scene in Man of Marble takes place outside the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk, where Solidarity started, helmed by Lech Wałęsa.
February 09, 2013
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Wajda creates a fascinating study of political opportunism, character analysis, and the filmmaking process under communism… The effect is an honest, compassionate, and unsystematic film that deconstructs a fabricated political icon, from the illusion of a national hero to the personal struggle of an idealistic, common man.
January 01, 2001
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