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A Generation (1955)

Pokolenie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 26 January 1955 (Poland)
Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stach Mazur
Jasio Krone
Janusz Paluszkiewicz ...
Jacek (as Ryszard Kotas)
German Guard
Zygmunt Hobot ...
Cezary Julski ...
Bronislaw Kassowski ...
August Kowalczyk ...
Jerzy Krasowski ...


1942 in Nazi occupied Poland. Stach lives with his mother in a shanty town outside Warsaw. When he starts working as an apprentice in a small workshop in the nearby suburb, a middle-aged craftsman approaches him. The man is a secret Communist leader, known as Comrade Sekula. He introduces Stach to Dorota, a young political leader in the Organization of Youth Fighters. She tells Stach to form a small resistance group within the organization, and he involves his friends Jacek and Mundek. Without Stach knowing it, the small workshop is an important hub for another resistance movement, the Polish Underground Army. When Stach finds one of their hidden guns, he steals it. With the gun Jacek kills a Nazi officer. Their group is commissioned to support rebellious Jews in the Ghetto. During this mission Jacek is captured by the Nazis, and kills himself. Stach spends the night making love with Dorota. In the morning he goes out to buy some bread for them. When he returns, he sees Dorota being ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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First feature film directed by Andrzej Wajda. See more »


Featured in The Lesson of Polish Cinema (2002) See more »

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5 February 2013 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. It tells the story of three young men who join the Polish Resistance to fight the Germans in the Second World War. The interesting aspect of the movie is the exploration of the motivations of each of the men in deciding to fight the Germans. These men do not appear to all be motivated by patriotism but rather a variety of different motivations. The main character seems to be motivated by his attraction to the female leader of the Communist resistance, while the character played by Roman Polanski seems to be involved because he is looking for excitement. Finally, the Jasio character does not seem to have any idea why he is involved at all.

This is a very gritty and realistic movie, which was apparently made to celebrate the anniversary of the Communist Party in Poland. It is interesting how the director, Andrzej Wajda, didn't quite make the movie which the Party had hoped he would make.

On the DVD edition I watched there was an extended interview with Andrzej Wajda which is also very worthwhile. He explains how he did not really know what he was doing when he made A Generation and that the final product was not really what he had been asked to make. After some delay the Party did agree to release the movie.

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