Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The first of Polish director Andrzej Wajda's two "Solidarity" films, Man of Marble (originally Czlowiek Z Marmuru) concerns bricklayer Mateusz Birkut (Jerzy Radziwilowicz). Lauded as a national hero in the 1950s due to his skills at his trade, Birkut has inexplicably fallen into obscurity. In making a film of the bricklayer's life, documentary director Agnieszka (Krystyna Janda) discovers that the bricklayer used his sudden fame to become involved in labor politics -- whereupon the repressive government did its best to wipe out all traces of his accomplishments. This climactic revelation was, ironically, excised by the Polish censors when Man of Marble was first released. Director Wajda followed this film with Man of Iron, which traced the further political exploits of director Agnieszka and her husband, the son of the unfortunate bricklayer -- also played by Jerzy Radziwilowicz.
bricklaying, courage, employment, filmmaker, government, labor-relations, one-against-odds, oppression, Polish [nationality], politician, reporter, skills, Stalinism, stars [celebrities], worker
High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance