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

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, War  |  26 January 1955 (Poland)
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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:
Tadeusz Lomnicki ...
Stach Mazur
Urszula Modrzynska ...
Dorota
Tadeusz Janczar ...
Jasio Krone
Janusz Paluszkiewicz ...
Sekula
Ryszard Kotys ...
Jacek (as Ryszard Kotas)
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Mundek
Ludwik Benoit ...
Grzesio
Zofia Czerwinska ...
Lola
Zbigniew Cybulski ...
Kostek
Tadeusz Fijewski ...
German Guard
Zygmunt Hobot ...
Abram
Cezary Julski ...
Coachman
Bronislaw Kassowski ...
Speculator
August Kowalczyk ...
Priest
Jerzy Krasowski ...
Wladek
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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excellent but not quite as good as KANAL
26 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was director Andrzej Wajda's first full-length film--and because of that, this stands as an amazing achievement. On the Criterion disk is an interview with Wajda and he credits much of the film's success to the cameraman and I agree wholeheartedly that this is one of the best looking black and white films I have ever seen.

The film concerns a young man during the Nazi occupation of Poland. In the beginning, he's a bit of a jerk but eventually gets a job and shows great responsibility. Later, he is welcomed into the partisans and it is an interesting look into this seldom talked about period of history.

The film gets a score of 8. It would have had a higher score had the film been more honest--as it portrays the Communists as being THE resistance and those partisans wanting a return to the democratic system as being greedy bourgeoisie. However, on the Criterion DVD, Wajda talks about how this was one of the required changes the Soviet-dominated Polish government mandated before they'd allow his film to be shown. So, considering the sensibilities of the time, it's not surprising that a little misrepresentation occurs. Still, it's a near-great film and a wonderful addition to KANAL. Wajda's 3rd film, ASHES AND DIAMONDS, unfortunately is a big disappointment to me and is considered the third in this trilogy about life in Poland during WWII.

There is one MINOR mistake in the film. At one point, the hero is hit in the head and is bleeding. Later in the same scene, there is no head wound!


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