A Cultural History
Now those're beauts!
Agreed there, everything about those stills makes me want to watch this - there's a look to 70's film that sends me to a very happy place
Interesting film and beatifully designed. It had some rather bizarre and cheesy elements to it, but that's part of what we watch this stuff for! Overall it was a good story, decently acted and, as with all the sf from the DEFA (East Germany) studio the material was given a more sober and respectful treatment than would likely have been the case had it been made in the U.S. at the time. Some people call this the "East German" Solaris (the original by Tartovsky, not the dull remake), but despite some thematic similarites they're completely different films. I would recommend all three DEFA sf extravaganzas, the others being "In the Dust of the Stars" and "Silent Star" (which was heavily edited and ludicrously dubbed in the US as the travesty "First Spaceship on Venus"--for God's sake see the subtitled original!).
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Just deleted the Double-Post, Brad. Many many thanks for the review and recomendations and the time taken to post all those thoughts. The other two films you mention also sit high on my list to be seen. Through doing this blog I've discovered that there was some pretty amazing scifi coming out of eastern europe back then that just didn't make it onto tv or video over here - which is criminal.... However, the plus side is that they are all still yet to be enjoyed.
It's one of the great things about living in the information age--there are so many wonderful and obscure films (and albums!) available either online or on DVD now. It used to be hard, often fruitless work tracking these things down, now they're often just a few keystrokes away and many of them have never looked or sounded better. Granted I do kind of miss the thrill of the hint sometimes... :)
A very interesting film with excellent design and a plot that keeps you guessing up to the end. My problem with it is the paucity of details that make the stakes confusing. Whether to travel somewhere on a space mission is a major plot point, yet we don't know how long the trip will take. Is it a week round trip? A two year Mars flight? Will our children be in command on the way back? No idea.