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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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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

26 January 1955 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Generation See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

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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First feature film directed by Andrzej Wajda. See more »

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[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
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excellent but not quite as good as KANAL
26 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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