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Title Der schweigende Stern = The silent star / die deutsch-polnische Gemeinschafts-Produktion ; hergestellt von VEB DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme, und Film Polski, gruppe "Iluzjon" ; Regie, Kurt Maetzig
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014


Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 100 min.) : sound, color
Series Online access with DDA: Kanopy
Contents Kanopy playlist Video 1. Der schweigende Stern = The silent star (01:33:32) -- Video 2. The first British film week in the GDR : Newsreel 1959/34B/8, Visit to the DEFA studio (01:27) -- Video 3. A rocket in the Soviet Occupied Zone and The Silent Star : Newsreel 1959/40B/9 (00:38)
Summary The first science-fiction film brought out in East Germany, The silent star is based on Stanislaw Lem's mysterious novel, The astronauts (1951). In it, an international expedition is sent to Venus to decipher a message found in the Gobi desert, and discovers it is a declaration of war on Earth. This original and unedited version of the film is here available for the first time with English subtitles. The silent star has its own unique Cold War history. When it hit theaters during the US/ USSR space race set off by the Sputnik launch, the movie was praised as a technical masterpiece. An altered version of the Polish/East German co-production then appeared in the US in 1962, under the title First Spaceship on Venus; dubbed and 15 minutes shorter, this version introduced new names, changed the dialogue and deleted important scenes and characters. Special features include designs for Alfred Hirschmeier's sets and trailers for other East German sci-fi films; see the DEFA Film Library website for other interesting articles and educational materials about the film
Notes Title from title frames
Based on the novel "Astronauci" (The Astronauts) by Stanislaw Lem; adapted to film by J. Fethke, W. Kohlhaase, G. Reisch, G. Rücker, and A. Stenbock-Fermor
Originally released as a motion picture in 1960
This version produced by DEFA Film Library
Credits Camera, Joachim Hasler ; special effects, Ernst Kunstmann ; music and sound effects, Andrzej Markowski ; sound, Kurt Eppers, Günter Witt ; editor, Lena Neumann ; production managers, Martin Sonnabend, Henryk Szlachet ; executive producers, Hans Mahlich, Edward Zajicek
Cast Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Günther Simon, Kurt Rackelmann
Notes German with English subtitles
Subject Interplanetary voyages -- Drama
Life on other planets -- Drama
Astronauts -- Drama
Interplanetary voyages.
Life on other planets.
Venus (Planet) -- Drama
Venus (Planet)
Genre/Form Space operas (Motion pictures)
Internet videos.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Science fiction films.
Science fiction films.
Space operas (Motion pictures)
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Internet videos.
Films de science-fiction.
Adaptations cinématographiques.
Vidéos sur Internet.
Form Streaming video
Author Maetzig, Kurt, 1911-2012, film director.
Forge, Jean, $e screenwriter.
Kohlhaase, Wolfgang, 1931-2022, screenwriter.
Reisch, Günter, 1927- screenwriter.
Rücker, Günther, screenwriter.
Stenbock-Fermor, Alexander, Graf, 1902-1972, screenwriter.
Tani, Yoko, 1932-1999, actor.
Lukes, Oldrich, 1909-1980, actor.
Machowski, Ignacy, 1920-2001, actor.
Ongewe, Julius, actor
Simon, Günther, 1925-1972, actor.
Hasler, Joachim, 1929- actor.
Markowski, Andrzej, 1924-1986, composer (expression)
Lem, Stanisław. Astronauci
DEFA. Studio für Spielfilme, production company.
Film Polski, production company.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. DEFA Film Library, film distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), publisher.
Other Titles Silent star
Also known as: First spaceship on Venus