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A Generation (1955)
"Pokolenie" (original title)

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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
Urszula Modrzynska ...
Tadeusz Janczar ...
Jasio Krone
Janusz Paluszkiewicz ...
Ryszard Kotys ...
Jacek (as Ryszard Kotas)
Ludwik Benoit ...
Zofia Czerwinska ...
Tadeusz Fijewski ...
German Guard
Zygmunt Hobot ...
Cezary Julski ...
Bronislaw Kassowski ...
August Kowalczyk ...
Jerzy Krasowski ...


During the Nazi occupation of Poland, a generation of youth comes of age. Stach and his friends start with spontaneous acts of defiance, which can prove deadly, but have no organized purpose. Then, while at work as an apprentice, Stach learns elementary Marxian economics from a shop steward. When he sees the valiant and beautiful Dorota, a leader of the Youth Underground, he volunteers. He recruits his friends, and they become a cell in the resistance, tasting courage, discipline, and tragedy. In the background lies the potential conflict between the Communists and the partisans, both anti-Nazi, both Polish, and on their own collision course. Written by <>

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next generation of Poles
29 March 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The movie that made Andrzej Wajda famous depicts a group of people in Poland's resistance during WWII. In one scene, the movie's protagonist Stach (Tadeusz Łomnicki) learns about Marxism from another man. It's clear that this speech is directed not only at the Nazi occupation, but also at the Soviet occupation. A scene towards the end of "Pokolenie" ("A Generation" in English) reminded me of Agnieszka Holland's "In Darkness", which was recently a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

As for what I thought of Andrzej Wajda's feature debut. I earlier saw Wajda's "Popiół i diament" ("Ashes and Diamonds" in English). From what I understand about the themes that Wajda depicted in that one, it sounded like what we might call the perfect Polish movie. "A Generation" is also really good, although I did find "Ashes and Diamonds" to be a little better. In an interview, Wajda noted that the title refers to his generation: the leaders of Poland's pre-war film industry had fled the country, and so his generation was essentially starting it from scratch.

All in all, a very good movie. Watch for a young Roman Polanski as one of Stach's compatriots.

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