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First Spaceship on Venus -- Mankind's most incredible journey! After discovering a communications device from Venus containing a message of the impending attack of Earth, an international crew of astronauts and scientists embark on the first manned expedition to the mystery-shrouded planet. Upon arrival, they discover the ruins of an advanced civilization that destroyed itself in its zealous quest to master atomic weaponry.


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31 October 1962 (USA) See more »
You are there... on man's most incredible journey!
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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  (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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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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93 min | USA:79 min | West Germany:80 min | East Germany:95 min (short version: 94')
Color (Agfacolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Although it was a co-production with a Polish company, it was still the most expensive production for DEFA up to that time.See more »
Factual errors: One of the crew is injured during the first meteor shower, and has a gauze applied to his head. The next time he's seen the gauze has moved to the side of his head and now has a lot more tape holding it on.See more »
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Featured in Galaxina (1980)See more »


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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Minor Sci-Fi Masterpiece from Behind the Iron Curtain, 17 February 2001
Author: ( from West Hollywood, CA USA

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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