Andrzej Wajda

A Generation

A Generation

Stach is a wayward teen living in squalor on the outskirts of Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Guided by an avuncular Communist organizer, he is introduced to the underground resistance—and to the beautiful Dorota. Soon he is engaged in dangerous efforts to fight oppression and indignity, maturing as he assumes responsibility for others’ lives. A coming-of-age story of survival and shattering loss, A Generation delivers a brutal portrait of the human cost of war.

Film Info

  • Andrzej Wajda
  • Poland
  • 1955
  • 87 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Polish
  • Spine #283

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Becoming a Filmmaker, an exclusive interview with the director and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Ceramics from Ilza (Ceramika Ilzecka), Wajda’s 1951 film school short
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, posters, and original artwork by the director
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A new essay by film scholar Ewa Mazierska

Available In

Collector's Set

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Becoming a Filmmaker, an exclusive interview with the director and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Ceramics from Ilza (Ceramika Ilzecka), Wajda’s 1951 film school short
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, posters, and original artwork by the director
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A new essay by film scholar Ewa Mazierska
A Generation
Cast
Tadeusz Lomnicki
Stach Mazur
Urszula Modrzynska
Dorota
Tadeusz Janczar
Jasio Krone
Janusz Paluszkiewicz
Sekula
Ryszard Kotas
Jacek
Roman Polanski
Mundek
Zbigniew Cybulski
Kostek
Credits
Director
Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay
Bohdan Czeszko
Based on the novel by
Bohdan Czeszko
Cinematography
Jerzy Lipman
Camera
Stefan Matyjaszkiewicz
Second director
Konrad Nalecki
Assistant director
Kazimierz Kutz
Production design
Roman Mann
Production manager
Ignacy Taub
Sound
Jozef Koprowicz
Editing
Czeslaw Raniszewski
Music
Andrzej Markowski
Artistic supervisor
Aleksander Ford

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