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Writers:
Bohdan Czeszko (novel)
Bohdan Czeszko (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 January 1955 (Poland) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pokolenie" - Poland (original title)
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Runtime:
83 min | Argentina:96 min
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Acclaimed British director Lindsay Anderson considered it his favorite film.See more »
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Featured in Zbyszek (1969)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Film About the Irony of History, 10 July 2013
Author: jordans1877 from United States

Let me first say that I enjoyed the film. It's a little sloppy and the performances are inconsistent. But it looks great. And as far as debuts are concerned, this is definitely a solid effort. Not to mention it's kind of worth watching this film just to see a young Roman Polanski.

What is so striking to me about this film is the irony of history: I believe that not only we (living in the 21st century) are able to understand this now, but that viewers of this film in 1955 Poland would have recognized as well. By 1955 Poland was stuck behind the Iron Curtain, held hostage by communist rule. Not unlike the Czechs (and their great communist satires), all art and media was mediated by the communist government. To see these young Poles attempt to improve their country by overthrowing the Nazi party with communism is ironic and ultimately tragic.

Although this film may appear to some as communist propaganda, I see this film as a tongue-in-cheek allegory about the meaninglessness of war, and the complication of those attempting to end the war with another flawed ideology. Not a great film, but certainly interesting, especially when considering the historical context in which it was made.

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