Monday, September 4, 2017

First Spaceship on Venus (1962 US version)




A mysterious magnetic spool found in Russia is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it.                           

Director:

Kurt Maetzig

Writers:

Stanislaw Lem (novel), Jan Fethke (adaptation)

Stars:

Yôko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski

                     
Watch this one for the imaginative sets and a good story line. They use the real life Tunguska event of 1908, and explain that it was a spacecraft that crashed in Russia, not a meteor. The film seems to give an anti-war message as this was made at the height of the cold war. The space ship interior is futuristic and very realistic looking, in fact the set is better than some Hollywood films of that time. The crew face many perils including a massive blob that almost consumes the beautiful Yôko Tuni.  The sets on Venus are surrealistic and very spooky looking. The only thing I did not like about the film was the dubbing and English translations, this U.S. version has some of the film edited out, like the references to WWII and Hiroshima. This movie was way ahead of its time especially coming from East Germany. The idea of an internationally diverse crew came before Star Trek. Not everyone is gonna dig this flick, but I liked it. ★★★



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