Andrzej Wajda: Man of Iron (1981)


Starring Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania.
Description: The historic moment of Solidarity is viewed through the person of Winkel, a weak-willed TV reporter sent to Gdansk to dig up dirt on the shipyard strikers, particularly on Maciek Tomczyk, an articulate worker who is among the strike leaders. At first posing as sympathetic reporter, and then caught up in the historic moment, Winkel is reborn a new man just as his Polish homeland is reborn. Director Andrzej Wajda was filming during the Gdansk shipyard strike, and his actors and the news footage are knit into one. This movie, needless to say, was never shown in the Soviet Union.

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