Cinema: Testament

MAN OF IRON

Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Screenplay by Aleksander Scibor-Rylski

There is a haunting and prophetic moment at the end of Man of Iron. The 1980 strike at the Gdansk shipyards, the strike that established Solidarity as a political force in Poland and a moral force throughout the world, has been won by the union. But as the workers celebrate, a bureaucrat wheels up in his chauffeur-driven car, rolls down the window and tells the journalist who is the film's central character that nothing has actually changed, the union's gains can be erased any...

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