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Bohdan Czeszko (novel)
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26 January 1955 (Poland) See more »
Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tadeusz Lomnicki ... Stach Mazur
Urszula Modrzynska ... Dorota
Tadeusz Janczar ... Jasio Krone
Janusz Paluszkiewicz ... Sekula
Ryszard Kotys ... Jacek (as Ryszard Kotas)

Roman Polanski ... 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
Zenon Laurentowski
Stanislaw Milski ... Jasio's Father
Juliusz Roland ... Kaczor
Hanna Skarzanka ... Stach's Mother
Janusz Sciwiarski ... Manager
Kazimierz Wichniarz ... Werkschutz
Zygmunt Zintel ... Foreman Ziarno
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryszard Ber ... Zyzik Koscielniak (uncredited)
Bronislaw Dardzinski ... (uncredited)
Wieslaw Golas ... German Patrolman (uncredited)
Zofia Jamry ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Mieczyslaw Kalenik ... SS-Man (uncredited)
Henryk Kucharski ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Kazimierz Kutz ... GL Man (uncredited)

Jan Machulski ... GL Man (uncredited)

Franciszek Pieczka ... German Patrolman (uncredited)
Janusz Strachocki ... Worker (uncredited)
Mieczyslaw Waskowski ... (uncredited)
Danuta Wodynska ... Franusiowa (uncredited)
Stefan Wroncki ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bohdan Czeszko  novel
Bohdan Czeszko  screenplay

Original Music by
Andrzej Markowski 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Lipman 
Film Editing by
Czeslaw Raniszewski 
Production Design by
Roman Mann 
Set Decoration by
Józef Galewski 
Jerzy Skrzepinski 
Costume Design by
Jerzy Szeski 
Makeup Department
Zdzislaw Papierz .... makeup artist
Stefan Szczepanski .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Ignacy Taub .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazimierz Kutz .... assistant director (as Kazimierz Kuc)
Konrad Nalecki .... first assistant director
Art Department
Aleksander Ford .... artistic supervisor
Sound Department
Józef Koprowicz .... sound
Zygmunt Nowak .... sound assistant
Józef Tomporek .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Jozef Ciecwirek .... lighting technician
Czeslaw Grabowski .... assistant camera
Stefan Matyjaszkiewicz .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Anna Rubinska .... assistant editor
Music Department
Andrzej Markowski .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Romuald Hajnberg .... production assistant
Roman Kowalski .... production assistant
Maria Pietrzak .... script supervisor
Zygmunt Rybarski .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Pokolenie" - Poland (original title)
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83 min | Argentina:96 min
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
excellent but not quite as good as KANAL, 26 February 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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