Czlowiek Z... (1994)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Poland  |  
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This Polish satire makes fun of Andrzej Wajda's films Man of Marble and Man of Iron while also taking sharp pokes at Polish post-Solidarity government reforms. Everyone gets it in this film, the Polish government, political activists, and even the church. It is set in 1982 Warsaw where Anna, a spirited film school graduate is trying to make a film about censorship. Unfortunately she finds herself censored by the police who arrest her on beefed-up charges. The films main protagonist, Marek is also arrested. Unlike other film heroes, Marek has the fortitude of lime Jello. Anna is exiled to France until 1989. When she returns she is recruited to make a documentary for Polish TV. She begins looking to see what happened to poor Marek. She interviews many oily officials. Marek's role in it all is shown in flashback. He is seen meeting secretly with people, going to prison, and becoming romantically involved with Marie, another activist.

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activism, against-the-system, arrest, behind-the-scenes, censorship, church, exile, filmmaker, government, high-school, oppression, politician, romance