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Nebo zovyot (1959)

Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.

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Credited cast:
... Yevgeny Petrovich Kornev
Aleksandr Shvorin ... Andrei Gordienko (Craig Matthews - US)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Barrett ... (U.S. version) (voice)
Konstantin Bartashevich ... Klark (as K. Bartashevich)
Mikhail Belousov
Larisa Borisenko ... Olvra (as L. Borisenko)
V. Chernyak ... Gregori Vasilivich Somov
Viktor Dobrovolsky ... Demchenko (as V. Dobrovolsky)
Frederick Farley ... (U.S. version) (voice)
Sergey Filimonov ... Troyan (as S. Filimonov)
Mary Kannon ... (U.S. version) (voice)
Taisiya Litvinenko ... Lena
Lawrence Loben ... (U.S. version) (voice)
Lev Lobov ... Sashko (as L. Lobov)
Edd Perry ... (U.S. version) (voice)
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Battle Beyond the Sun is the English-dubbed and re-edited U.S. version of Nebo Zovyot, a 1959 Soviet science fiction film directed by Mikhail Karyukov and Aleksandr Kozyr. It tells of the "space race" of two future nations competing to become the first to land a spacecraft on the planet Mars.

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The credit on the U.S. version of the film, "Battle Beyond the Sun", was given to 'Thomas Colchart', a pseudonym for then aspiring filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Roger Corman gave him the task of creating two monsters resembling genitalia (one male, one female) which were amusingly spliced into the film. See more »

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Near the end, when the North and South Hemis astronauts are launching from the asteroid that orbits Mars to return to Earth, you can clearly see the railings of a launch pad. There were no launch pads on the asteroid. See more »

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jingoist schlock
30 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Like most soviet films of the period (and I watched the original version), in has no action whatsoever. The plot is stilted as statues at the People's Economy Achievements Exhibition in Moscow, and the story drags its feet to no end. It is a typical tableau vivant aimed at kicking imperialist America one more time, and at showing Russians (but mostly Ukrainians, as the film was done at the infamous Dovzhenko Studios, legendary for its spectacularly bad productions) at their best and foremost.

However, this propaganda poster about how Soviets and Americans tried to prove to each other whose penis extender—pardon me, phallic symbol—is better, racing each other to Mars, of all places, is nicely illustrated with analog FX. The music is abominable, and is in place only in the scene of "space madness" of the one "bad American" they let out into space. The dialogue is absurdist and as ridiculous as the gadgetry shown. More than anything else, it reminds me of the old Chapayev joke: —Pet'ka, the apparatus. —Six, Vasily Ivanovich. —Six what? —Apparatus what? In some sense, it's just as silly as Gravity. Look how much time passed, and what has changed?

Nevertheless, content-wise, the film's narrow-minded positivism and typical soviet jingoism is set off by one truly Pynchonian twist, and you can appreciate it if you read Gravity's Rainbow. The film has its own Gottfried, and there is the Gottfried glorious moment there. A-and Gottfried's name in the film is Grigory.


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