This highly influential Polish sci-fi epic is akin to what Jodorowsky's Dune would look like if it had been filmed. The story-an adaption of the work of a Polish writer-bears a close resemblance to Frank Herbert's Dune. Probably because the Polish writer may have been influenced by Dune when he wrote his novels.
On the Silver Globe is basically an unfinished film with outrageous visuals and hysterical acting in the usual Zulawski mode. In place of the missing footage we get random footage of an Eastern bloc city with voice over. This can become very frustrating for the viewer at times. Maybe a better solution would have been to recreate the missing scenes via storyboards.
What surprised me most about On the Silver Globe was how influential it turned out to be- especially in the costume and art design department. But how is this possible? This film was not shown until 1988, yet lots of the images of On the Silver Globe found their way to the mainstream. On the Silver Globe seems to have been a main inspiration for an entire generation of MTV artists. Some examples are the Duran Duran videos done by Russel Mulcahy, and the Field of the Nephilim videos done by Richard Stanley.
David Lynch's Dune and Ridley Scott's Prometheus are two of the films heavily inspired by Zulawski's unique vision. Even the scene with the impaled woman in Cannibal Holocaust seems to have been lifted from On the Golden Globe. There is also a gory crucifixion scene that rivals Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ.
There is no doubt that if Golden Globe had been completed the way Zulawski wanted, it would have become one of the most important sci-fi/fantasy films of all time. It is truly a unique film, but viewer beware. If your idea of good sci-fi is Avatar or Star Wars, proceed with caution.
If you like stuff like Solaris, Stalker, The Saragossa Manuscript, The Making of Jodorowsky's Dune, you will certainly love On the Golden Globe. The 2018 restoration process has turned On the Golden Globe into one of the most visually impressive films ever yet due to its fragmented nature it might be a challenge even for viewers who enjoy "difficult" films.