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Kosmicheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella (1936)

In 1946, the Soviet space program is undergoing turmoil. Professor Sedikh, who is planning to lead the first manned exploration to the moon, is denounced by his rival Professor Karin as ... See full summary »

Director:

Vasily Zhuravlyov

Writers:

Aleksandr Filimonov (as A. Filimonov), Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sergey Komarov ... Pavel Ivanovich Sedikh, academician
K. Moskalenko K. Moskalenko ... Prof. Marina
Vassili Gaponenko Vassili Gaponenko ... Andryusha Orlov, a boy
Nikolay Feoktistov Nikolay Feoktistov ... Capt. Viktor Orlov
Vasili Kovrigin ... Prof. Karin (as V. Kovrigin)
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In 1946, the Soviet space program is undergoing turmoil. Professor Sedikh, who is planning to lead the first manned exploration to the moon, is denounced by his rival Professor Karin as being too old and too mentally unstable for the mission. Professor Sedikh, aided by his assistant Marina and a youth named Andryusha, disregard Prof. Karin's authority and make a successful landing on the moon. Although a few problems occur at the moon, including the discovery of a damaged oxygen tank and Professor Sedikh's becoming trapped under a fallen boulder, the expedition is a success and the cosmonauts return to Moscow. Written by Mandemus

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 January 1936 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Space Ship See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The external scenes of the institution also show, in the background, The Palace of the Soviets (Stalinistic 'wedding cake' building with a statue of Lenin on top). The Church that once occupied this site was demolished in the late 30's to prepare for its construction, however due to the outbreak of WW2 the building was never completed. It became "the world's largest outdoor swimming pool" until the mid 1990's when a replacement Church was constructed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.43 (2015) See more »

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The Space Voyage
Written by 'Mumiy Troll'
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Phenomenal early SF gem
26 August 2006 | by MandemusSee all my reviews

I saw Kosmicheskii Reis with the 2006 DVD edition with English subtitles, entitled "The Space Voyage". This Russian edition had a new soundtrack to this silent film, which suited it very well.

The special effects alone on this film will astound anyone who has seen American SF serials from the same period, such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. This 1930s speculation amazes with its accuracy of prediction. Everything from the look of the rocket ships, to the weightlessness scene, weighted boots for moon walks, etc. Even most Hollywood depictions of space travel from the 1950s were not this well produced. Kosmicheskii Reis is a must-have for any serious SF collection, if you can find it! Hopefully we will see a nice box set of early Soviet SF cinema some day. This gem deserves the kind of restoration treatment that Fritz Lang's Metropolis has received.


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