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Plot: A nearly illiterate woman becomes one of the founders of Poland’s Solidarity union.
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the Eastern Bloc did not have communism/socialism/Marxism; it had fascism
I’ve heard some about Poland’s Labor Solidarity movement that eventually brought down the Soviet puppet government, but Volker Schlondorff’s “Strajk – Die Heldin von Danzig” tells the story in detail. The movie focuses on Agnieszka Kowalska, chosen by the union leader as a heroine of labor in 1961 Gdansk. But it soon becomes clear that the people in power have merely done this to pacify her. In 1970, several workers get killed in an accident that the authorities try to whitewash. This leads to a massive strike that the government suppresses with tanks. But by the end of the 1970s, Karol Wojtyla has become Pope John Paul II, and Agnieszka has allied with Lech Walesa to form the country’s first independent trade union. A quarter of a century later, Agnieszka wonders how things will turn out.
Probably the main thing that I derived from this film was what I derived from the German movie “The Lives of Others”: the similarities between the Eastern and Western Blocs easily outweighed the differences. The Soviet Union, under the banner of “Marxism” took over Eastern Europe and installed puppet governments; just like how the US, under the banner of “freedom” took over Latin American and installed puppet governments. Moreover, following the 1970 strike, the authorities show pictures of people on TV and tell viewers to report anyone familiar; much like how Joe McCarthy and his people encouraged Americans to brand people as communists. When the government denies payment to the widows of workers killed in the accident, that reminded me of how the Bush administration used Hurricane Katrina to try and repeal a decades-old labor law in New Orleans. No matter how you look at it, when you look at the policies in any right-wing extremist society (no matter what it claims to be), they all sound exactly the same.
But anyway, this is a great movie. Poland has certainly released some good ones.
When a director labels his/her film “inspired” by a true story, watch out! This usually means “I added enough spin to bounce this off the back wall.” In this case, Lech Walesa is portrayed as not *really* being the leader of Solidarity (he hardly appears at all, and as nothing more than a prop), but is merely a token figure being given some backbone by the heroine, who in this case is a German, not a Polish actor! Note that the original title is also in German. Hmmm. Our heroine is implausibly super-heroine and played with such tenacious pluck that she achieves near-caricature status. And they changed her name from the original character–to avoid comments from the people who really knew her? If so, it didn’t work, for her neighbors weighed in on this film and while she is greatly admired, she did not play the role given her here. Having said that, the film is remarkably even-toned and effective, history aside. Would that they had gone just that little bit further and given the Polish workers their due credit in bringing down the Soviet Union, revisionist historians of the Reagan Right notwithstanding.
Original Language de
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min) (Germany)
Director Volker Schlöndorff
Writer Maciej Karpinski, Sylke Rene Meyer, Andreas Pflüger
Actors Katharina Thalbach, Dominique Horwitz, Andrzej Chyra
Country Germany, Poland
Awards 2 wins & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length 3,107 m
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm