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Joachim Hellwig (dramatisation)
Gottfried Kolditz (writer)
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1 July 1976 (East Germany) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Jana Brejchová ... Akala
Alfred Struwe ... Suko
Ekkehard Schall ... Chief
Milan Beli ... Ronk
Silvia Popovici ... Illik (as Sylvia Popovici)
Violeta Andrei ... Rall
Leon Niemczyk ... Thob
Regine Heintze ... Miu
Mihai Mereuta ... Kte
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ... Xik
Aurelia Dumitrescu ... Chta
Zephi Alsec

Directed by
Gottfried Kolditz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joachim Hellwig  dramatisation
Gottfried Kolditz  writer

Original Music by
Karl-Ernst Sasse 
Cinematography by
Peter Süring 
Film Editing by
Christa Helwig 
Production Design by
Gerhard Helwig 
Costume Design by
Katrin Johnsen 
Makeup Department
Bernhard Kalisch .... makeup artist
Regina Reinhard .... makeup artist
Production Management
Werner Fritzsche .... assistant production manager
Helmut Klein .... production leader
Horst Schmidt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sigrid Meyer .... assistant director
Art Department
Hans-Joachim Schwarz .... set builder
Peter Zakrzewski .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Chris Müller .... sound (as Christian Müller)
Christfried Sobczyk .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Kurt Marks .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Dieter Lück .... camera operator
Heinz Pufahl .... assistant camera
Other crew
Cornel Patrichi .... choreographer
Inka Unverzagt .... choreographer

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95 min
Color (ORWO-Color)
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According to director of photography Peter Süring, the scenes in Romania (mud volcanoes and salt mines) were the first to be shot. The film laboratory at the Romanian National Film Studios in Buftea were used to processing Eastman Kodak stock, and were initially unable to process the East German ORWO negative. After re-calibrating the Romanian lab equipment, it was able to process the ORWO stock, albeit with a soft contrast look that the director and DP liked. As a result, all of the footage subsequently shot at the Babelsberg Studios in East Germany was shipped on a daily basis to Romania for processing.See more »


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Communist version of Flash Gordon?, 1 August 2009
Author: Jason VanMason from usa

In case you wondered why Roger Corman scrapped the story line of German SF films he bought, watch one in its original form! This film is on par with Tom Baker era Dr. Who shows in most respects. Process shots, models, special effects are all pretty basic. Direction is very slow and the story predictable. Like many TV space operas, our explorers land amongst humanlike aliens, most of whom are enslaved by a mean tyrant. Fortunatly, they speak the explorers language, in this case, German. But instead of Ming the Merciless, its more like Clueless. Our tyrant boasts an army of about 20 guys, no real weapons except handguns, no death rays, no monsters, nada! He isn't even that mean. True, he makes the couple dozen natives of the planet mine some minerals or something with picks and shovels but there are no massacres or real evil deeds. His most violent act is to throw a hissy fit and trash his own bedroom.

Technically, Blakes Seven was way better. The sound effects and some of the background music as well are just oscillators going WWWWOOOOOO at different frequencies. The rocketship going out of control is cleverly suggested by flashing red lights and tilting the camera back and forth. The control room is full of big pilot lights all flashing in unison and signifying nothing. Considering the size of the control room set, the rocketship must be about 600 feet tall. It's never explained how people get in and out of this skyscraper of a space ship.

The entire population of the planet appears to be around 75 people. There are no cities, no factories, they never even show the tyrant's palace from the outside. There is only a little mine, equipped with 19th century style hardware. All the men apparently work in the mine and all the women dance on the leaders lawn all day long for his amusement. What do the people eat? Unlike Flash, the situation of tyrant/slaves/heroic space explorers/etc. is not resolved at the end of the film. You may well ask if there is another reel that somehow didn't get shown.

OK, maybe its unfair to dis a movie like this since the Communist film industry must have had a lot of problems. But if a clunker like this came from American International back in 1965 the critics would have panned it brutally. Its too dull and boring to be a lost gem and not wacky enough to be a cult classic. If I had to see stuff like this when I went to the movies I might have tried to tunnel out of the country too!

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