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A Generation (1955)

Pokolenie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 26 January 1955 (Poland)
Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity.

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Bohdan Czeszko (novel), Bohdan Czeszko (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadeusz Lomnicki ... Stach Mazur
Urszula Modrzynska ... Dorota
Tadeusz Janczar ... Jasio Krone
Janusz Paluszkiewicz 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 Bronislaw Kassowski ... Speculator
August Kowalczyk ... Priest
Jerzy Krasowski Jerzy Krasowski ... Wladek
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Storyline

1942 in Nazi occupied Poland. Stach lives with his mother in a shanty town outside Warsaw. When he starts working as an apprentice in a small workshop in the nearby suburb, a middle-aged craftsman approaches him. The man is a secret Communist leader, known as Comrade Sekula. He introduces Stach to Dorota, a young political leader in the Organization of Youth Fighters. She tells Stach to form a small resistance group within the organization, and he involves his friends Jacek and Mundek. Without Stach knowing it, the small workshop is an important hub for another resistance movement, the Polish Underground Army. When Stach finds one of their hidden guns, he steals it. With the gun Jacek kills a Nazi officer. Their group is commissioned to support rebellious Jews in the Ghetto. During this mission Jacek is captured by the Nazis, and kills himself. Stach spends the night making love with Dorota. In the morning he goes out to buy some bread for them. When he returns, he sees Dorota being ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | German

Release Date:

26 January 1955 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Generation See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,114
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zespól Filmowy "Kadr" See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film directed by Andrzej Wajda. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stach Mazur: I was born here in the slums, on the outskirts of Warsaw. I grew up in poverty. Here I made my first friends and had my first lessons. I often had it rough as a kid, because I couldn't tell my friends from my enemies. I was too trusting and relied on my swift legs and strong fists. My Ma kept me on a short leash and tried to push me off to work. But I took it as typical woman's nagging, preferring to play knives with my buddies instead.
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Ständchen
Composed by Franz Schubert
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Well-acted Marxist agit-prop

The Nazis were evil. It's tragic if the Poles rallied their subversive efforts around an even more-murderous ideology. I'd like to think this particular slant was chosen so the film-makers could slide the flim by their commie overlords of the 50s, and not b/c anybody 10 years into the commie occupation could possibly believe Marxism had anything to offer them. Still, if you can get by that point, it's an interesting story about the Polish underground as acted out by teenagers, for the most part. TCM should change its synopsis of this movie: ''A young man loves a resistance fighter in WWII Poland." That barely qualifies as a red herring.


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