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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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Surely not the viewing experience it once was
29 September 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

Hard not to view this film with the benefit of hindsight when - for example - the final image, of faces almost tangibly seeing the light of a new tomorrow, is apparently so straightforwardly propagandistic; scenes such as that in which the older workman talks reverently about the promise of Karl Marx now seem at best quaint. That's probably not an entirely fair prism through which to consider the film, but the theme of anti-Nazi resistance obviously becomes less stirring when one considers the limitations of what's being put forward as the alternative. Furthermore, although the movie's gritty, shadowy pace generally makes for entertaining viewing, there's a fairly consistent series of images which seem to push too hard - the heart-shaped photo slot at the fair through which we watch as she steps away from him; the Hitchcock-like fall through the well of the spiral staircase. The movie's pace and concentrated immersion in its time and place makes it engrossing, and the earnestness and deprivation are still touching, but it's surely no longer the viewing experience it once was.


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