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Pokolenie (A Generation) (1955)

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A Generation is the first of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda's "underground trilogy"-and also Wajda's first-ever feature film. Originally titled Pokolenie, the film dissects the impact that World War II had on the youth of Poland. Tadevsz Lomnicki plays an impressionable young Warsaw resident who falls in love with resistance leader Ursula Modrzinska. The passion they feel towards their cause is inextricably entwined with the intensity of their feelings towards one another. During several crucial moments, the director contrasts the "official" version of wartime events with the actual facts (many experienced first-hand by Wajda), partly as a means of explaining the peacetime disillusionment of so many young Poles. As a result, the film was subject to an overabundance of government interference when it was first released. Watch closely in the Underground scenes of A Generation and you'll spot a young Roman Polanski. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Pokolenie (A Generation)

All Critics (2)

Wajda's Warsaw is a striking panorama of burgeoning political consciences unfortunately weighted down by studied Film School Shots

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Pokolenie (A Generation)

½

I always have problems understanding these Eastern European political movies. Is this pro-Communist? It sure felt like it, but the DVD booklet seemed to suggest otherwise. I'm just not very smart about politics, I suppose. It was a good flick, though -- it engaged my attention, I cared about the characters, and there were some astonishing shots (especially considering this was Wajda's first feature).

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

While not quite as great as the other two films in this trilogy, this is still a beautifully shot and interesting war flick from Wajda; exploring the loss of innocence and tragic idealism of the youth who's lives are given purpose as the get involved in the rebellion against the Nazi's oppression of Poland. Simple, poignant, and emotionally gripping.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

The first film of Wajda's War Trilogy. It's a very good for Wadja's first film, but there are some amateur mistakes. The story is about a young man who starts out stealing coal from the Nazi's to leading a Polish Resistance. Very good story with great characters. The problem is some of the staging of the action. It is a little awkward and not well planned out.The film is fast paced and can be a little confusing. It is still entertaining and a great effort for a first film.

cody franklin
cody franklin

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