Frequently acting under the helm of renowned Polish director Andrzej Wajda, Krystyna Janda appeared in politically oriented films, most of which were aimed at the negative effects on their homeland following the death of Stalin. Janda debuted in Wajda's Czlowiek Z Marmuru (Man of Marble) in 1977. She played a documentary filmmaker who learns the hard way the price of fame under a communist regime. In 1981, Janda reprised her role in Wajda's sequel, Czlowiek Z Zelaza (1981). That year, she also starred in Istvan Szabo's highly regarded Mephisto. As her career progressed, Janda began appearing more frequently in sex comedies and sci-fi movies.