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First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Der schweigende Stern (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 31 October 1962 (USA)
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.

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Kurt Maetzig

Writers:

Stanislaw Lem (novel), Jan Fethke (adaptation) (as J. Fethke) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yôko Tani ... Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes Oldrich Lukes ... Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling
Ignacy Machowski ... Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Prof. Durand
Julius Ongewe Julius Ongewe ... Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Michail N. Postnikow Michail N. Postnikow ... Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Orloff
Kurt Rackelmann Kurt Rackelmann ... Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon Günther Simon ... Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Hua-Ta Tang Hua-Ta Tang ... Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu
Lucyna Winnicka ... Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
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Storyline

(U.S. Version) A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You are there... on man's most incredible journey!

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Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

East Germany | Poland

Language:

German

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Spaceship on Venus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (short)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was based on Stanislaw Lem's 1951 novel "Astronauci" ("The Astronauts"). This was Lem's first novel and, to get is published, he had to insert some pro-communist elements. The pro-communist elements of the book contributed to the government's approval for this expensive and high- profile production by DEFA. The communist elements were minimized in the film. See more »

Goofs

One of the crew is injured during the first meteor shower, and has a gauze applied to his head. The next time he's seen the gauze has moved to the side of his head and now has a lot more tape holding it on. See more »

Alternate Versions

This film was released in the United States as _First Spaceship on Venus (1962)_. This version was edited down to 80 minutes, dubbed into English, and had Andrzej Markowski's score replaced by a stock score prepared by Gordon Zahler of the General Music Corporation. See more »

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Minor Sci-Fi Masterpiece from Behind the Iron Curtain
17 February 2001 | by csdietrichSee all my reviews

FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (aka "The Silent Star") was a collaborative effort between film studios in East Germany and Poland and picked up by Crown-International Pictures for a 1962 US release. Far ahead of its time FSOV delivers the pacifist message in no uncertain terms. An international crew lands on the planet Venus to discover that a war has completely destroyed its inhabitants. Venusian landscapes are surrealistic and wonderous to behold and the spaceship itself gets my vote as the coolest cinematic craft of all time. The late Japanese/French actress and model Yoko Tani leads the cast and is fetching to look at and enjoy. Englewood Entertainment once again has delivered a flawless print of this film and is available in VHS or on DVD and is letterboxed at proper aspect ratio. The film is a bit slow even at its 78 minutes (originally it ran at 130 minutes!) This critic would love to see the uncut version someday. Superior sci-fi from the Eastern Bloc!


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