in about 100 words or less
Poland 165m, B&W, Colour
Director: Andrzej Wajda; Cast: Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Jacek Łomnicki, Michał Tarkowski
As a film about filmmaking, Man of Marble is an entertaining vehicle for an underlying political commentary on communism, censorship and propaganda. In attempting to make a film about a once famous bricklayer, a young Polish film student uncovers truths about Mateusz Birkut, a worker promoted by the State propaganda, who would later be charged as an enemy of the state. Using original documentary footage from construction activities in Poland’s early communist era, Wajda creates an engaging mystery around a fictional character that he eventually explains in Man of Iron (1981) (Klaus Ming September 2016).