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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Totally unimpressed.
5 April 2012 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

If you have read some of the other reviews, you already have a fair idea of what this is about. Considering the miserable legacy left behind, Marxism is not something that I can consider a positive development. And the growing self-righteousness of the anti-Nazi Marxists is typical of an increasing number of Americans who seem to think that we need to try the Marxist ideas yet again.

The acting in this film is really pretty terrible. All the time I was watching A Generation, I kept thinking I was watching a movie from the 1920s. The story line is flimsy, there is almost no character development, and frankly, I felt as if this was a piece of Soviet propaganda. I'll watch two more Wajda movies, but I'm hoping they will be a marked improvement.

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