As the Solidarity protests swelled in 1980, Wajda grabbed camera and crew, pulled ready-made characters off the shelf (from his earlier ‘Man of Marble’) and filmed this story of government-backed espionage against the real backdrop of world-changing history unfolding: even activist and future President Lech Walesa (himself later the subject of Wajda’s ‘Walesa: Man of Hope’) has a cameo. It won both the Palme d’Or and a domestic ban when martial law was declared.

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