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6831MAN OF IRON* (CZEOWIEK Z IELAZA)MAN OF IRON* (CZEOWIEK Z IELAZA)1981color153 minvhs (Directed by Andrzej Wajda; with Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska, Irena Byrska, Boguslaw Linda and Lech Walesa and Anna Walentynowicz) Seamlessly weaving documentary and fictional footage, Wajda gives us a remarkable synthesis of art and history in the making. The subject is the Polish Solidarity strike at the Gdansk shipyard in the summer of 1980. Wajda tells his story through the eyes of an alcoholic TV journalist who's ordered to smear one of Solidarity's key figures, the "man of iron." His investigation results in a series of flashbacks, including some rare footage of the abortive 1968 and 1970 strike attempts, that give a fascinating and heartfelt picture of this turbulent period of Poland's history. Adding to the film's credibility is the appearance of Lech Walesa in both the documentary and fictional portions of the film. It is a stirring reaffirmation of the toughness of the human spirit and a powerful reminder of the art and passion of the cinema. (A semi-sequel to Man of Marble) (Donated by the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Center) (In Polish with English subtitles) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)