Man of Iron

Winner of the Golden Palm (Best Picture) at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, Andrzej Wajda's film is a continuation of the story of Maciej Tomczyk (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), the protagonist of Wajda's earlier film, "Man of Marble". Here, Maciej is a young worker involved in the anti-Communist labour movement, described as "the man who started the Gdansk Shipyard strike", and a journalist working for the Communist regime's radio station, who is given a task of slandering Maciej. The young man is clearly intended as a parrallel to Lech Walesa (who appears as himself in the movie). Their narrations become flashbacks using actual news footage of 1968 and 1970 protests and of the later birth of free unions and solidarity.

Year: 1981
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, Drama, Eastern European Cinema, Cannes - Palme d'Or
Country: Poland
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Starring: Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Marian Opania
Duration: 147 Minutes
Rating: M
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Alice's 500 Greatest Films



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