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Stanislaw Lem (novel)
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Release Date:
31 October 1962 (USA) See more »
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You are there... on man's most incredible journey!
Plot:
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Yôko Tani ... Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes ... Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling
Ignacy Machowski ... 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
Tang Hua-Ta ... Chinesische Linguistin / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu
Lucyna Winnicka ... Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horst Schäfer ... Wissenschaftler
Danuta Szaflarska ... (voice)
Klaus Bamberg ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Fredy Barten ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Christoph Beyertt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Karl Brenk ... Bit part (uncredited)
Fritz Decho ... Reporter (uncredited)
Karen Fredersdorf ... Brinkmanns Mutter (uncredited)
Eva-Maria Hagen ... Female Reporter (uncredited)
Karl-Helge Hofstadt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Peter Kiwitt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Gertraud Kreissig ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ruth-Maria Kubitschek ... Frau Brinkmann (uncredited)
Heinz Kögel ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Hans Ulrich Laufer ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Barbara Leonhard ... Sekretärin (uncredited)
Erich Lie ... Chinese (uncredited)
Omani Mensah ... Afrikanischer Funker (uncredited)
Vera Oelschlegel ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Paul Paulsen ... Bit part (uncredited)
Lieselotte Schmoock ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Werner Senftleben ... Funker (uncredited)
San Din Tscho ... Chinese (uncredited)
Nico Turoff ... Wüstenarbeiter (uncredited)
Eduard von Winterstein ... Wissenschaftler / Weiland (uncredited)

Directed by
Kurt Maetzig 
 
Writing credits
Stanislaw Lem (novel "Astronauci")

Jan Fethke (adaptation) (as J. Fethke) and
Wolfgang Kohlhaase (adaptation) (as W. Kohlhase) and
Günter Reisch (adaptation) (as G. Reisch) and
Günther Rücker (adaptation) (as G. Rücker) and
Alexander Stenbock-Fermor (adaptation) (as A. Stenbock-Fermor)

Kurt Maetzig (screenplay collaboration)

J. Barkhauer  uncredited

Original Music by
Andrzej Markowski 
 
Cinematography by
Joachim Hasler 
 
Film Editing by
Lena Neumann 
 
Production Design by
Alfred Hirschmeier 
L. Kunka 
Paul Lehmann  (as P. Lehmann)
T. Mystzorek  (as T. Myszorek)
Senta Ochs  (as S. Ochs)
Ryszard Potocki  (as J. Potocki)
Anatol Radzinowicz 
A. Schulz 
W. Schäfer 
 
Costume Design by
Elli-Charlotte Löffler  (as Elli-Charl. Löffler)
 
Makeup Department
Christa Grewald .... makeup artist
Alois Strasser .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hans Mahlich .... production manager
Martin Sonnabend .... unit manager
Henryk Szlachet .... unit manager
Edward Zajicek .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doris Borkmann .... assistant director
Hans-Joachim Kasprzik .... assistant director
Hieronim Przybyl .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Theo Görgens .... property master: exterior
 
Sound Department
Kurt Eppers .... sound
Werner Klein .... sound
Andrzej Markowski .... sound effects
Günter Witt .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Helmut Grewald .... special effects
Ernst Kunstmann .... special effects supervisor
Vera Kunstmann .... special effects
Jan Olejniczak .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Helmut Grewald .... assistant camera
Detlev Hertelt .... assistant camera
Herbert Leistikow .... gaffer
Waltraud Pathenheimer .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Walter Greene .... music editor
Andrzej Markowski .... conductor: DEFA-Sinfonie-Orchester
Josef von Stroheim .... music editor (as Joseph von Stroheim)
Gordon Zahler .... music provider: US soundtrack
Walter Greene .... composer: stock music, US version (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music, US version (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Edmund Goldman .... producer: US dubbing
Hugo Grimaldi .... executive dubbing supervisor (US version)
Newton P. Jacobs .... producer, american dubbing
Paul Schreibman .... producer, american dubbing
Hans-Joachim Wallstein .... script editor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der schweigende Stern" - East Germany (original title)
"Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply" - , International (English title) (literal English title)
"The Silent Star" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
93 min | USA:79 min | West Germany:80 min | East Germany:95 min (short version: 94')
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The writing process involved 3 writing teams and 12 screenplays before a final script was acceptable to the studio and the government.See more »
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Miscellaneous: The US release has English dialogue translated from the German. Some of the translation isn't quite right. They keep referring to the power lines as being "under tension" from the German "Spannung" but for electrical lines this would usually be better translated as "electrified". Also they translate the German word "Automaten" as "automats" which would be better translated simply as "machines" or "equipment".See more »

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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
The Beginning, 2 February 2006
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

In the late 50s Russia changed the world by launching Sputnik. This really was a shock; modern readers may not appreciate it as of the magnitude (in the US) of 9-11. In terms of national will, there was a more universal mobilization and commitment of resources than after 9-11, that's for sure.

Both the Russian and American space efforts were at root militarily motivated, but wrapped in more glorious notions or exploration. And both depended on "captured" Nazi scientists. At the time, East Germany was considered the most oppressed of all the communist clients, and the leaders there tried so very hard to establish itself as the center of the communist world for technology (which is how Germans see science).

East Germany as a region was cut out of the space program proper, something they wanted to change. So huge government monies went into this movie, including permissions to use Americanfilm stock and technology.

As it happens, this film proved enormously popular across the communist world and did have a profound effect on the Soviet space program. See my comments on "Planeta Bur" for that background.

The avowed goal was to show Germany as the leader and catalyst of a future international collaboration, peace led by a cleansed nation. So look what we have: a rock from the Gobi desert, a meteor from Siberia, a team mobilized for a trip — a team from all continents: American, African, several Asians. And a story from someone widely considered the father of modern science fiction, a sibling through Warsaw Pact.

It really is true that large fortunes, on the order of a trillion dollars, was swung in part by this film, money that could have eliminated all hunger and disease everywhere for generations.

But it has cinematic history as well. Was it the first one to open moving through a starfield as 3D points of light (with titles that recede ahead of us)? A totally fictitious effect that has become necessary since. Otherwise audiences won't think it "real."

The west already had "Forbidden Planet," of course, itself perhaps the most influential science fiction film in the west. In a way, the travel technology was incidental there and in fact the design of the rocket was V2-like. Here, matters of the technology of travel are central.

You have some shades of "Forbidden Planet:" a lost, powerful race. You have some by now staples: lava flows and meteor showers (even in "Star Wars"). There's an Orrery as a model of and control of the attack plan. The black man is less racistly portrayed than Americans would have. That's the point. But he still is the "don't worry, be happy" personality in the group.

They discover a geodesic dome on the planet. In the 60's this was an architectural icon of modern architecture. Interestingly, there is a wonderful sequence where the explorers come upon this thing and are amazed by it. They are talking to the space ship — cut to the interior of the space ship and what is the ceiling? Yup, a geodesic dome!

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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