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Andrzej Wajda - Three War Films

Andrzej Wajda - Three War Films

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
UPC: 0037429201527
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time: 4:46:00
Sales rank: 7,800

Special Features

New, restored high definition digital transfers; Audio commentary by film scholar Annette Insdorf on Ashes and Diamonds; More than 90 minutes of exclusive new interviews with Andrzej Wajda and colleagues, discussing the director's career and the making of these films; Vintage newsreel on the making of Ashes and Diamonds; Ceramics from Ilza (Ceramika Ilzecka), Wajda's 1951 film school short; Jan Nowak-Jezioranski: Courier from Warsaw, an interview by Wajda of a Warsaw uprising insider; Rare behind the scenes production photos, publicity stills and posters; A gallery of Wajda's original drawings and paintings; New and improved English subtitle translations

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- A Generation
1. "There'll Be Trouble" [8:59]
2. "It'll Be All Right...in My Grave" [2:26]
3. "Back to Work!" [5:39]
4. Glue and a Gun [3:09]
5. Marxist Math and Catholic Blanks [6:17]
6. "Death to the Occupiers!" [7:10]
7. The People's Guard [5:05]
8. Poles in Their Place [6:39]
9. Revenge [5:37]
10. Changes [2:38]
11. "What Can I Do?" [5:07]
12. The Mission [5:09]
13. Missing Piece [7:43]
14. The Mourning After [7:00]
15. Color Bars [8:23]
Side #2 -- Kanal
1. The Beginning of the End [8:48]
2. Tones From Home [6:50]
3. Lovers in Arms [7:55]
4. Korab and Goliath [6:07]
5. "Don't Go Soft" [9:48]
6. From Darkness Into Night [7:01]
7. "Where Are You Going?" [2:32]
8. "Let's Go" [5:05]
9. Searching for a Sign [7:24]
10. The Writing on the Wall [8:38]
11. Detours and Dead Ends [7:13]
12. Into the Light [3:58]
13. Out!? [6:51]
14. Color Bars [8:24]
1. The Warsaw Uprising [2:07]
2. Not Making a Film [2:32]
3. Obstacles and Allies [2:14]
4. 1956 [2:11]
5. Collaboration [3:00]
6. Behind the Scenes [2:42]
7. Sights Unseen [2:05]
8. Location Summaries [2:08]
9. An Artistic Decision [1:41]
10. Homage to Lost Causes [2:10]
11. Cannes [4:32]
1. Wajda Questions the Uprising [3:46]
2. Perceptions and Assumptions [2:30]
3. No Decision [3:17]
4. "Too Late" [3:22]
5. "Warsaw Will Collapse" [2:47]
6. No Dissent [1:43]
7. Soviet Schemes [5:21]
8. Mistakes and Consequences [5:10]
Side #3 -- Ashes and Diamonds
1. "The Fight...Has Only Just Begun" [8:50]
2. Entertaining Distractions [7:01]
3. An Unfinished Job [6:12]
4. Mourning and Contemplation [3:50]
5. Political Reasons [3:28]
6. Ex-pats and In-laws [4:11]
7. Commitments and Vigils [10:26]
8. A Vow [2:31]
9. Debts, Doubts, and Drinks [4:57]
10. "Tell Me Something About Yourself" [3:28]
11. Futures [6:06]
12. Facing Memories [4:19]
13. A Diamond [6:26]
14. "I Didn't Know What Love Was" [3:08]
15. "What's There to Understand?" [4:10]
16. "I Want to Live" [5:50]
17. Fire for Father [5:48]
18. The Last Dance [5:39]
19. Running Away [6:20]
20. Color Bars [:00]
1. Adaptations [5:11]
2. A Spanish Past [1:58]
3. Casting the Lead [4:45]
4. Cybulski [3:35]
5. Ewa [2:22]
6. Visuals [2:46]
7. Influences [3:01]
8. Cinema and Censorship [6:13]
9. International Acclaim [3:49]
10. Myths [2:41]

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