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Director:
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 5 February 2013
Author: Michael Terceiro from Sydney, Australia

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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