Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OMG TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY WHAT ON EARTH HAPPENED?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Basically, I found out about the existence of this:


I've written here about just how much I love Wajda's 1980 film Man of Iron, and although I haven't yet gotten around to reviewing its 1977 precursor Man of Marble, I guarantee you that I harbor similar sentiments towards it.  Both films feel dense and full of righteous indignation, and I'd be lying if I said I totally knew what was happening at every single moment, but both films are also immensely entertaining and positively riveting.  The more I think about them, the more I really, REALLY want to own them, I like them that much.  Or do I even say, I LOVE them that much?

And then, TA DA!  HERE, SIOBHAN, THERE'S A BRAND SPANKING NEW ENTRY FROM WAJDA!  A VERY VERY BELATED THIRD EDITION!  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

Seriously, I'm stupidly excited about this.

It just shot right up to the top of my "Must See" list for Fall/Winter. 

I have NO IDEA when and if it will play in my city, but we have two very dependable indie film theaters; I trust in their ability to put Walesa, Man of Hope into my eyeballs.

Because really, I NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE.

(I'll add as well that I find it impressive that I'm not the only one who enjoys Man of Marble and Man of Iron, despite their 2.5 hour running times and the fact that they are solely about a Polish political movement no one really talks and/or cares about in the US.  Just goes to show that good filmmaking is good filmmaking.)

2 comments:

  1. For what it's worth. the Solidarity movement, their strike, and Lech Walesa as one of the leaders of it (he was a welder, if memory serves) were almost daily news back when there were only the three channels to get your news from. This was before the Berlin Wall fell, so any dissension in a Soviet-controlled country was big news. He later became the leader of Poland, although he was WAY over his head and got used by people with their own agendas. I would describe it as one of the Top 10 most well known stories of the 80s. Of course, we're well removed from the 80s now, so maybe it's time to remind people of this story. I just hope it isn't a whitewash.

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