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First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Der schweigende Stern (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 31 October 1962 (USA)
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.

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Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes ...
Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling
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Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Prof. Durand
Julius Ongewe ...
Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Michail N. Postnikow ...
Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Orloff
Kurt Rackelmann ...
Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon ...
Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Hua-Ta Tang ...
Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu
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Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
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(U.S. Version) A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project 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. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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You are there... on man's most incredible journey!

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In the US version of this film, several pieces of music from the The Wolf Man (1941) can be heard in multiple scenes throughout the movie. See more »

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The narrator mentions that one of the crew has created a special food formula for the crew to be able to consume and digest in zero gravity, yet everyone is walking around as if on planet Earth. See more »

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Minor Sci-Fi Masterpiece from Behind the Iron Curtain
17 February 2001 | by (West Hollywood, CA USA) – See all my reviews

FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (aka "The Silent Star") was a collaborative effort between film studios in East Germany and Poland and picked up by Crown-International Pictures for a 1962 US release. Far ahead of its time FSOV delivers the pacifist message in no uncertain terms. An international crew lands on the planet Venus to discover that a war has completely destroyed its inhabitants. Venusian landscapes are surrealistic and wonderous to behold and the spaceship itself gets my vote as the coolest cinematic craft of all time. The late Japanese/French actress and model Yoko Tani leads the cast and is fetching to look at and enjoy. Englewood Entertainment once again has delivered a flawless print of this film and is available in VHS or on DVD and is letterboxed at proper aspect ratio. The film is a bit slow even at its 78 minutes (originally it ran at 130 minutes!) This critic would love to see the uncut version someday. Superior sci-fi from the Eastern Bloc!


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