THU, MAR 02, 7p:
In collaboration with MIFF
“From the Vault”
Directed by ANDRZEJ WAJDA/Poland/1955/1hr, 23mins.
With Tadeusz Lomnicki, Ursula Modrzynska,
Tadeusz Janczar, Roman Polanski
A GENERATION Polish Poster, 1955
“Andrzej Wajda’s first feature film, A Generation, made in 1954, marks the beginning of the Polish School, the paradigm of Polish cinema that arose from the political and cultural thaw of the mid-1950s. It is also the first chapter in what has come to be known as the director’s “war trilogy,” a series of films—continuing with Kanal and Ashes and Diamonds—tracing the history of Poland during World War Two. These films stand together as sharing not just a historical subject but a historical moment of creation, between 1954 and 1958—a volatile time when the nation was struggling to shed the legacy of Stalinist oppression. They also have in common a visual style and thematic preoccupations unique to this period of Wajda’s work, shot expressionistically in black-and-white and heavy with symbolism rooted in Polish Romanticism.”-Ewa Mazierska, Criterion