Stanley Kramer, who is producing and directing a movie about Solidarity founder and Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa, has received permission to film on location in Poland, where for a decade Polish leaders tried to crush the Solidarity trade union. Kramer visited Walesa in Poland last year but didn’t seek permission to shoot there because he assumed he would be turned down. Later, he was approached at a Los Angeles gathering by representatives of Poland’s official film agency who offered to let him shoot in their country. The movie, titled “Polonaise,” deals with Walesa’s life from the 1970s, when he went to work as an electrician at the shipyard, to 1983, when he received the Nobel Prize for peace. The role of Walesa has not yet been cast. Daniel Taradash, who held lengthy interviews with Walesa, wrote the screenplay for the film that is expected to be released in the spring of 1990.
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