Man of Marble, (Czlowiek z marmuru)
Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1977
  • Director: Andrzej Wajda
  • Writing Credits: Aleksander Ścibor-Rylski, who used some facts from the life of a bricklaying record holder Piotr Ożański
  • Art Direction: Edward Klosinski
  • Music: Andrzej Korzynski
  • Make up: Anna Adamek
  • Color: Color
  • Duration: 153’
  • Cast: Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Krystyna Zachwatowicz
: Reviews :

Agnieszka, a film school student, wants to make a television film about an over-achieving worker in the 1950s, Mateusz Birkut – a bricklayer at Cracow’s Nowa Huta district who beat records when he led a five-man team to lay 30,000 bricks in eight hours. Through talks with people who knew Birkut and archives of old newsreels found in vaults, Agnieszka discovers the truth about the hero of the time, as well as the truth about the time in which she lives and – last but not least – about herself.

: References :
  • David Ansen, Newsweek 1981
  • Tadeusz Lubelski Wajda. Portret mistrza w kilku odsłonach, Wrocław 2006
  • New Horizons of Film Education, NOTE ABOUT THE DIRECTOR from materials concerning the film “Ashes and Diamonds”, developed by: Sylwia Galanciak
: Teaching material :
 General Guide
 Teachers Book