Man of Iron
Człowiek z żelaza, 1981, 156 min.
“Gold Palm” at the IFF in Cannes
“An electrifying drama filmed against the forging of Solidarity…
a work of passionately committed cinema.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
|Maciej Topmczyk||Jerzy Radziwilowicz|
|Agnieszka Tomczyk||Krystyna Janda|
|Capt. Wirski||Andrzej Seweryn|
|Hulewicz’s Mother||Irena Brylska|
|Anna Hulewicz||Wieslawa Kosmalska|
|TV Journalist||Boguslaw Sobczuk|
|Radio Technician||Boguslaw Linda|
|Guest Star||Lech Walesa|
The follow-up to “Man of Marble” deals with a reporter (Opania) who is expected to tow the government line when writing about the Gdansk shipyard strike of 1980. He meets the harassed laborer son (Radziwilowicz) of worker-hero Birkut, against whom Opania is expected to conduct a smear campaign, and finds his loyalties tested.
Seamlessly weaving documentary and fictional footage, has given us a remarkable synthesis of art and history in the Making. The impact is unforgettable.