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A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the daughter of Tuskub, the ruler of a totalitarian state on Mars in which the working class are put into cold storage when they are not needed. With a telescope, Aelita is able to watch Los. As if by telepathy, Los obsesses about being watched by her. After some hugger-mugger involving the murder of his wife and a pursuing detective, Los takes the identity of Spiridonov and builds a spaceship. With the revolutionary Gusev, he travels to Mars, but the Earthlings and Aelita are thrown into prison by the dictator. Gusev and Los begin a proletarian uprising, and Aelita offers to lead the revolution, but she then establishes her own totalitarian regime. Los is shocked by this development and attempts to stop Aelita, and then reality and fantasy become confused, and Los discovers what has really happened.Written by
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When Gor is first shown in the same scene as the Princess Aelita, and he descends a flight of stairs, he trips on one of the steps and for an instant he looses his seriousness and grins. Ijoshka, shown on the right, smirks slightly when the blooper occurs. See more »
The original running time at 24 fps is 104 minutes, and this was also the running time of the VHS edition with English intertitles. The 1999 DVD edition is slightly longer (111 minutes), with additional titles. In Europe, there are two different cuts with French intertitles, the 2005 Bach edition (85 minutes), and the 2010 Montparnasse edition (70 minutes). See more »
Although it gets billed as a front for Soviet propaganda, this film seems to be outstanding in relationship to the time it was made and its phenomenal use of set design and production values. As just a piece of visual decoration it stands as a far advanced
futuristic film in comparison to that hot-pants junker
METROPOLIS -- which owes a deeper, (or at least equal) debt to
Russian constructivist design then to its German Expressionist
roots. AELITA is one of the most seductive and rich films in silent
cinema --if you can get past the storyline and plot development--
which should never interrupt WATCHING a film.
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