Directed by Andrzej Wajda • 1955 • Poland
Starring Tadeusz Lomnicki, Urszula Modrzynska, Tadeusz Janczar
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.
This interview was recorded in December 2003 at Andrzej Wajda's School of Directing in Warsaw. Wajda is accompanied here by film critic Jerzy Plazewski, author of twenty-one books on cinema, including “The History of World Cinema” and “The Language of Film.”
Andrzej Wajda was one of the Polish Film School’s first students when it opened its doors in Lodz in 1948. During his studies, he made three short films. CERAMICS FROM ILZA (CERAMIKA ILZECKA, 1951), his second film, is presented here courtesy of the scho...