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Man of Marble

(1977)

also known as: Czlowiek z marmuru

directed by Andrzej Wajda, 161 minutes

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Not only is Wajda’s award winning MAN OF MARBLE one of the most important films in the history of Polish cinema, it is also one of the most compelling attacks on government corruption ever made. It is a CITIZEN KANE-styled story where Wajda introduces us to a young woman in Krakow, Agnieszka, who is making her thesis film. She is looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly elevated to the status of a communist hero. She wants to know how his heroism was created and what became of him. She gets a hold of censored footage and interviews with the man’s friends and ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero. A portrait of Birkut emerges as a man who believed in the socialist ideals. The young filmmakers hard driving style and the content is getting too close to a political nerve. The film project is killed with the excuse she is over budget but the young filmmaker pushes forward against all odds to finish her film.

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