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

 -  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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The Young who must Kill
26 December 2005 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"A Generation" (Polish, 1954): This is the first of a war trilogy by Andrzej Wajda. Photographed in rich black & white, "A Generation" is about the youth of Poland, who joined underground rebellions against the Nazis. They formed small "cells" (sound familiar?) of fighters, used pseudonyms, and seldom met with larger groups – for the sake of secrecy and safety. The photography is wonderful (the long opening scene is alone worth the price of admission), the acting is great to average (with a TEENAGED Roman Polanski in one of the supporting roles!), and the dialog gives insight into kids who must grow up overnight and become not merely premature adults, but calculating killers. Made less than a decade after the war, this film depicts the serious, accurate, and even on extremely rare occasion, lighthearted moments that made up their lives. "Kanal" (1957), and "Ashes & Diamonds" (1958) follow.


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