Andrzej Wajda, regardingMan of Marble
Interview with Polish film-maker Andrzej Wajda regarding his film Man of Marble. The film talks about a young woman who investigates the life of Birkut, a heroic bricklayer of the 1950s.
Even though he was honoured in 1981 with a Golden Palm at Cannes for his film Man of Iron, which realistically depicts the turmoil of the Polish revolution, filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, born in 1926, owes some of his fame to a previous edition of the festival.
In 1978, his film Man of Marble, which was shown as a surprise on the night before the end of the festival in order to discourage a veto from Polish rulers, was cheered. The film, about an investigation by an apprentice documentary maker who seeks to discover why the statue of a communist hero disappeared, was a brilliant work of art, both courageous and ambitious. The film is a relentless look at the years of censorship and oppression, which he portrays as ending soon.
This feat by the former student of the Lodz school mustn't overshadow his other fascinating works, which are most often based on Poland's history, and deliberately choose a method of resistance from the "interior", from the remarkable "war trilogy", (A Generation, Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds), from 1954 to 1959, to historic tragedies (Danton, 1983, Katyn, 2007), with a few bitter portraits along the way, as represented by his adaptations of The Birch Wood (1970) and The Maids of Wilko (1978).