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Sideral Cruises (1942)

Croisières sidérales (original title)
It may be the first time they have used the theory of relativity in a story.


André Zwoboda (as Andre Zwobada)


Pierre Guerlais (screenplay), Pierre Bost (adaptation)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Sologne Madeleine Sologne ... Françoise Monier
Jean Marchat Jean Marchat ... Robert Monier
Julien Carette ... Lucien Marchand (as Carette)
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Le banquier Antoine
Simone Allain Simone Allain ... Béatrice (as Simone Alain)
Auguste Bovério Auguste Bovério ... Le directeur (as Boverio)
Violette Briet Violette Briet ... Marie
Jean Dasté ... Pépin (as Jean Daste)
Luce Ferrald Luce Ferrald ... Gaby
Richard Francoeur Richard Francoeur ... Charles (as Francoeur)
Paul Frankeur ... Le premier bonimenteur
Tony Jacquot Tony Jacquot ... Le jeune marié
Georges Jamin ... Gustave
Guita Karen Guita Karen ... La vénusienne
Serge Laroche Serge Laroche ... Philippe


In 1942, Robert and Françoise Monier make a hot air balloon to fly to the stratosphere.Before leaving ,the husband has an accident.His wife carries out the experiment with the laboratory assistant.The balloon drags them along towards space ;after a visit to Venus where they meet a couple fluent in French,they land on the good old Earth but,(theory of relativity) they have aged fifteen days whereas on their native planet ,twenty-five years have passed. Written by dbdumonteil

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Star Cruises
5 January 2010 | by kinsayderSee all my reviews

The European Space Programme suffers its first setback when Julien Carette opens the window of his capsule to smoke a cigarette and blasts himself and fellow astronaut Madeleine Sologne 25 years into the future. When they return to Earth it's 1967 and everyone's dressed in sparkly suits like game show hosts. An organisation, Croisières Sidérales (Star Cruises), is set up to exploit the commercial possibilities of time and space travel, and a new rocket is sent up with a cargo of passengers destined for the year 2000. Unfortunately, the accident-prone Carette is once again on board...

Fantasy and escapism were popular themes in French cinema during the German Occupation, but this was the only film that took audiences to other worlds and future times. When the movie was released, it was accompanied by a short film explaining the Theory of Relativity on which the story is (very loosely) based. This caused some problems for the director André Zwoboda, who was summoned by the Nazi authorities and asked to explain why he was promulgating the ideas of Albert Einstein, a Jew.

The set designs (by Henri Mahé, who worked with Gance) evoke the fantasies of Méliès, though the film lacks the charm and innocence of those early silents. There's some broad comedy with Carette and the other eccentric passengers clowning around in zero gravity, an underdeveloped romantic plot involving Sologne and her husband (who make an extraordinary sacrifice to level their age difference), and even a Busby Berkeley style dance number that must have eaten up half the budget.

Sadly, there's little attempt on the part of the screenwriters to engage either seriously or satirically with the ambitious ideas of the premise. When the travellers return to Earth (via a visit to some smug Venusians) the only lesson they seem to have learnt is to stop messing about with science and be happy with what they've got.

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Release Date:

29 April 1942 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Variray Blue Seal Recording (Tobis Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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