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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
Hua-Ta Tang ... Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu

Lucyna Winnicka ... Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 ... Intervision-Reporter Jeanne Moreau (uncredited)
Karl-Helge Hofstadt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Peter Kiwitt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Gertraud Kreissig ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ruth-Maria Kubitschek ... Frau Arsenew (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)
Horst Schäfer ... Wissenschaftler (uncredited)
Werner Senftleben ... Funker (uncredited)

Danuta Szaflarska ... (voice) (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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Color (Agfacolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 "high tension" from the German "Spannung" but for electrical lines this would usually be better translated as "High Voltage".

(Technical note: In 1960, the term "High Tension" was commonly used as opposed to "High Voltage". "Voltage" in French is "Tension". When designing High-Voltage transmission lines, the utility companies didn't want to alarm people, so they decided to use the term "Tension" instead of Voltage (which is also somewhat appropriate, since high-tension lines also have high tension!))

Also they translate the German word "Automaten" as "automats" which may be better translated as "machines" or "equipment".See more »

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58 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
STRIKING, THOUGHTFUL SCI-FI., 16 July 1999
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

What's wrong with this picture? This movie is neither highly regarded by critics nor IMDB voters. Yet, it contains some striking visuals; thoughtful comments on the "human" condition; an attractive, multiracial, coed international cast (daring for the time); and a pretty good storyline, to boot.

Excavators at the site of the 1906 mystery explosion in Tunguska, Siberia, discover evidence that the explosion was the destruction of an alien spaceship. Evidence includes a "memory spool." Scientist determine the alien spaceship came from the planet Venus, and cryptographers and linguists begin to translate the memory spool.

Before translation can be completed, an international crew is assembled and an enormous nuclear powered spaceship constructed (a stunningly beautiful piece of matte work) for a flight to Venus. The ship begins its voyage before the on-board linguist makes a startling announcement. The memory spool contains plans for a Venusian invasion of earth!

The ship lands on a eerie, vapor-cloaked Venus (Striking art direction; just how did they do those strange, microbe-like vapors?). The crew discovers, a burned out, uninhabitable planet. The Venusians, apparently attempting an invasion to escape either overcrowding or an impending nuclear war, have destroyed themselves, leaving only the shadows of their disintegrated bodies. Further exploration discovers a strange, living amoeba-like organism and a damaged, super-gravity beam weapon aimed toward earth. Many members of the crew are lost, and the ship is eventually deflected back to earth by the accidental discharge of the gravity beam.

The movie IS choppy, without a doubt because the American distributor, Crown International, cut the film by over one half hour. I'd certainly LOVE to see the excised footage; however, since the film is East German, I doubt if a complete print still exists. Besides, we Americans are having enough trouble finding obscure fifties and sixties from ENGLISH-speaking countries, including our own.

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