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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5 February 2013 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. It tells the story of three young men who join the Polish Resistance to fight the Germans in the Second World War. The interesting aspect of the movie is the exploration of the motivations of each of the men in deciding to fight the Germans. These men do not appear to all be motivated by patriotism but rather a variety of different motivations. The main character seems to be motivated by his attraction to the female leader of the Communist resistance, while the character played by Roman Polanski seems to be involved because he is looking for excitement. Finally, the Jasio character does not seem to have any idea why he is involved at all.

This is a very gritty and realistic movie, which was apparently made to celebrate the anniversary of the Communist Party in Poland. It is interesting how the director, Andrzej Wajda, didn't quite make the movie which the Party had hoped he would make.

On the DVD edition I watched there was an extended interview with Andrzej Wajda which is also very worthwhile. He explains how he did not really know what he was doing when he made A Generation and that the final product was not really what he had been asked to make. After some delay the Party did agree to release the movie.

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