Friday, August 24, 2007

The Cosmos Is Red!

Signale - Ein Weltraumabenteuer - with Terranova's music

Teema, a digital channel of YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Corporation) will show during this fall some Communist-era science fiction films of East Germany's DEFA-Studio from the 1960s and 1970s in its Kino Into series. Obviously some of these were inspired by Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (and apparently Tarkovsky's Solaris too), but appropriately depicting an utopian future world where socialism has overcome. Der Schweigende Stern (1960) is based on Stanislaw Lem's 1951 book Astronauci, and the film was also released in 1962 as American dubbed version called First Spaceship On Venus. Lem disowned the movie.

From the top:

Der Schweigende Stern (DDR-Poland 1960)
Im Staub der Sterne (DDR 1976)
Signale - Ein Weltraumabenteuer (DDR-Poland 1970)
Der Schweigende Stern
Eolomea (DDR 1972)

  • Der Schweigende Stern a.k.a. First Starship on Venus trailer @ YouTube

  • Eolomea: a review @ DVD Verdict
  • Eolomea: a review @ The Spinning Image
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