Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Poland, 1981. Film Polski, Zespól Filmowy “X”. Screenplay by Aleksander Scibor-Rylski. Cinematography by Edward Klosinski. Music by Andrzej Korzynski. Production Design by Allan Starski. Costume Design by Wieslawa Starska. Film Editing by Halina Prugar-Ketling. Academy Awards 1981. Cannes Film Festival 1981.
Fascinating political film from the great Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda that deservedly won top honours at the Cannes Film Festival of 1981. Jerzy Radziwilowicz is riveting as an alcoholic journalist in 1980 Warsaw who is assigned by the Party to cover a shipyard strike in Gdansk. He focuses on a worker whose father was killed during protests ten years earlier and, posing as sympathetic, gets the man to tell his story. Other threads of narrative are weaved beautifully by Wajda into a stunning political epic that is riveting from start to finish, fascinating in its natural blending of stock footage and dramatic scenes that makes for the most documentary-like drama since The Battle Of Algiers.