The story of a cocky Polish youth who decides to fight the Nazis after he falls for a pretty resistance leader. As he and his friends help escapees during the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the innocence of a generation is lost under the grueling conditions of war. The first in what has come to be known as the director's 'war trilogy'.
Some copies issued in a slipcased set with title: Andrzej Wajda, three war films.
Theatrical release by Janus Films.
Videodisc release of the 1954 film.
Special features: interview, Andrzej Wajda: on becoming a filmmaker (2003 ; ca. 34 min.); short film Ceramika Iłzecka = Ceramics from Ilza (1951; b&w; ca. 10 min.) ; stills galleries. In booklet: essay by film scholar Ewa Mazierska.
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