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A Generation

A Generation

1955
Drama
War
1h 27m
Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity. (imdb)
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A Generation

1955
Drama
War
1h 27m
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Rated 16 Mar 2010
5
81st
A bit thick around the edges but I almost preferred this to Kanal. While the later Wajda gives an unrelenting mood of doom & gloom, this gives scenes and characters room to breathe. A pronounced dread surrounds the more horrible moments when contrasted with its simpler focus. I wouldn't argue that it's downhill after that opening tracking shot - but what a shot.
Rated 15 Dec 2006
73
45th
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).
Rated 16 May 2011
84
68th
Strong first showing for Wajda, if a tad overly sentimental in places. No worse than comparable Rossellini, though. Polanski!
Rated 10 Mar 2010
75
50th
Not 'great', but definitely captures a period.
Rated 07 Oct 2009
76
64th
too much propaganda
Rated 10 Feb 2012
3
38th
Kinda shabby, especially when pitted against the exceptionally intense and focused Kanal. The stakes never feel especially high, the characters somewhat ill-defined and the plot kind of hangs together rather than driving confidently forward. However, Wajda's skill for shooting in space, his eye for composition and lighting, and his political sensibilities are already quite keen at this point. Worthwhile, just not great.
Rated 15 Oct 2013
4
52nd
a quiet film set in german occupied poland. its communist slant isn't laid on too thick, so it's more a coming of age tale than propaganda (though it is both). nothing great, but softly genuine.
Rated 24 Jan 2015
78
47th
Feels a bit "on the nose" in the beginning, but coalesces into something worthwhile by the end.
Rated 15 Mar 2007
70
82nd
Great film,I have to point out that Roman Polanski looked most odd in the shorts he was wearing considering he must have been in his early 20's and has really hairy legs.
Rated 26 Sep 2022
80
68th
Andrzej Wajda's film debut is the first in his trilogy of films about the Polish resistance. It's easiest the least of the three, which is not to say that this is at all a bad film, but more that his skill rose exponentially through the remaining films. This one is very clearly influenced by Italian neorealism and is a lot less plot driven than the other two. A very young Roman Polanski shows up as a member of Lomnicki's resistance cell.

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