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Aelita (1924)

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... See full summary »

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Yakov Protazanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuliya Solntseva ... Aelita, Queen of Mars
Igor Ilyinsky ... Kravtsov - amateur sleuth
Nikolai Tsereteli Nikolai Tsereteli ... Engineer Los / Evguieni Spiridinov
Nikolay Batalov ... Gusev, Red Army Soldier
Vera Orlova ... Nurse Masha, Gusev's Wife
Valentina Kuindzhi Valentina Kuindzhi ... Natasha, Los' Wife (as Vera Kuindzhi)
Pavel Pol ... Viktor Ehrlich, Sugar Profiteer
Konstantin Eggert Konstantin Eggert ... Tuskub, Ruler of Mars
Yuri Zavadsky Yuri Zavadsky ... Gol, Radiant Energy Tower Guardian
Aleksandra Peregonets Aleksandra Peregonets ... Ihoshka, Aelita's Maidservant
Sofya Levitina Sofya Levitina ... President House Committee
Varvara Massalitinova ... Neighbour at funeral
Mikhail Zharov ... Actor in Play
Tamara Adelgeym Tamara Adelgeym ... Neighbour at funeral
Iosif Tolchanov Iosif Tolchanov ... Mars Astronomer with Ihoshka
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Storyline

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 Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

25 September 1924 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolt of the Robots See more »

Company Credits

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Mezhrabpom-Rus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (DVD) (restored) (new edition) | | (2007 DVD edition)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Finnish band "Cleaning Women" tours playing music on clotheshorses to the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Edited into The Ghost of Anna-El Tour (2011) See more »

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Even on Mars the Workers Are Oppressed!
1 February 2010 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Having seen so many early movies pushing the communist agenda, I have tired a bit. To be fair, it was certainly creative of the filmmaker to use the science fiction genre and space travel to make a point. The characters represent either the old ways or the new. There is a comfort in being the ruling class and prospering on the backs of the disenfranchised. The Martians are dealing with the same thing. They seem to have devices to watch the earth and keep what is going on a secret. Until love forces things out in the open. The images are interesting curiosities of the time. I had never heard of this film and when I saw the title I thought it was one of those schlock films of the fifties. It is interesting, though slow moving. I was amazed when the wife got shot but, of course, we find out later that things aren't quite as they appear. See it just to get an idea of the type of film being made.


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