Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Katharina Thalbach; Dominique Horwitz; Wojciech Solarz; Andrzej Grabowski; Ewa Telega; Andrzej Chyra
Director: Volker Schl├Ândorff
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
In poverty, she found strength. — In oppression, she found courage. — In solidarity, she found a reason to believe again. Acclaimed German actress Katharina Thalbach (THE TIN DRUM, SOPHIE?S CHOICE) stars in this hard-hitting... more »
Agnieszka Kowalska heroine of Poland
That Was Cool. | Phoenix, Arizona, USA | 08/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Katharina Thalbach gives a brilliant performance as shipyard welder and crane operator Agnieszka Kowalska, who is unjustly fired by the shipyard managers of Gdansk shipyard for protesting the denial of widows pensions for workers killed in a fire at the shipyard, a fire caused by management incompetence.
Her stubborn insistence on justice and refusal to be payed off or intimidated by the shipyard management or Polish Government caused the strike on the Gdansk shipyard in August 1980 which spread to other Polish shipyards and public services across Poland all of which led to the creation of the first free unions and ultimately free elections in Poland 10 years later. Consequently, the consequences of her actions were a part of several domestic and military setbacks for the Soviet Union which ultimately led to its collapse.
Thalback put in a superb performance as Kowalska who shows that one person at the right time and place can lead to dramatic change for the good."
A story about a woman who is steadfast in defending the righ
Richard J. Brzostek | New England, USA | 09/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Strike" (Strajk-Bohaterka z Gdanska) shows us the story of a woman who helped the Solidarity movement in Gdansk, Poland. Agnieszka is a welder who works harder than others and is initially disliked by some of her co-workers for it. She is optimistic to better herself and learns to read so that she can pass the exam to become a crane operator, which reflects her nature and her will to do good. Although she is fairly short in stature, she is steadfast in defending the rights of workers and becomes a heroine doing so.
In my view, "Strike" is an unusual Polish film as it is a German production in the Polish language. German director Volker Schlondorff, who is best known for "Tin Drum," brings us this story about the woman who spurred the Solidarity movement. Furthermore, two of the leading roles in "Strike" are played by Germans, including that of our heroine Agnieszka (Katharina Thalbach). The rest of the cast is Polish -- including notable performances by Andrzej Chyra and Andrzej Grabowski. The only detail that is obviously German about "Strike" is that the credits are in that language.
"Strike" isn't the first movie on the Solidarity movement. In 1981, Andrzej Wajda directed his influential film "Man of Iron" (Czlowiek z Zelaza) that showed the world what was happening in Poland. Interestingly, "Strike" has someone playing the role of Lech Walesa while in "Man of Iron" has Lech Walesa appearing as himself. Although both having a different feeling they show us history we may not have heard much about anywhere else.
In the face of injustice, corruption and bad working conditions, some people had the courage to stand up to defend the rights of workers. The dramatic story of our wide-eye heroine Agnieszka may inspire you. "Strike" is based on a true story (some report that it combines details of two women) and is great because it shows a bit of history in an entertaining way. Although not an easy battle, the Solidarity movement changed the lives of many and weakened communism to some extent with their strikes.