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Man Of Iron [Blu-ray] Czlowiek z Zelaza - Remastered
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Polish import, Region 0 (All) Blu-ray. In Polish language with optional English and Polish subtitles. Cover and booklet in Polish only.
Digitally remastered and fully restored.
Communist authorities at Gdansk city initiate a smear campaign to discredit Maciek Tomczyk (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), a prominent Solidarity movement activist. They appoint Winkel (Marian Opania), a TV journalist, to infiltrate his inner circle. Making use of his credibility as a former anti-Communist protestor, Winkel interviews friends and colleagues to unearth knowledge of Maciek's personal life. Despite never meeting face to face, Maciek provokes Winkel to look within himself, making the latter increasingly uncomfortable about his duplicitous function as an 'informer' for the state.
Revisiting characters from 'Man of Marble, Andrzej Wajda provides a rich glimpse of life in Poland under communist regime. The film's distinctive blend of actual newsreel footage of the Solidarity movement (including an appearance by Nobel Peace prize winner Lech Walesa) with a compelling drama of a journalist s crisis of conscience makes Man of Iron (Palme d'Or recipient at the Cannes Film Festival) an indelible time capsule of a special moment in European history.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain, Oscar Academy Awards, ..Man of Iron ( Czlowiek z zelaza )
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Although the characters of the film are fictitious, it is based on historical events. As Man of Marble recounts events of the 1950s to 1970s, Man of Iron covers the time of the 1970s to 1980s. Essentially, Man of Iron is the story of how the government attempts to suppress the steelworkers' strike. In the context of the story we learn about the Police State that existed in the early 1980s in Poland and the Solidarity movement that helped topple communism. I also have to add, Man of Iron stands alone well and it isn't necessary to watch Man of Marble to enjoy it.
For those who saw Man of Marble this film will be even more interesting as it resolves the questions left unanswered. Man of Iron has several of the same leading actors (such as Krystyna Janda). Furthermore, a young Boguslaw Linda, who later became one of the most popular and highest paid Polish actors in the 1990s-2000s, also plays a part in Man of Iron. This early character is quite a contrast to the "though guy" roles he is most known for and which made him famous. Also of interest is that Lech Walesa, who is practically synonymous with the Solidarity movement, appears as himself in this movie.
Andrzej Wajda is probably one of the most famous Polish directors of all time. His films are often based on great works of literature or portray important historical events. Unquestionably, Man of Iron fits in with the later showing us a key event of great importance to Polish history from the early 1980s. Wajda's films are all worth watching.