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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.

Running Time
96 mins
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3 videos included

Comments (5)

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Communist Star Trek!

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Its so bad its almost good.

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I usually do not watch sci-fi movies, but I enjoyed this one.

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I'm sure Lem's novella explains much of what is completely unexplained in this movie. It looks incredible, though, from the dark, yet lush landscapes created. For the time in which it was produced, it is pretty good, but there is a severe lack of basic plot building that would leave even the ...Read more

Rene avatar

This film gets five stars alone for the hypnotic, Daliesque, Venusian, dreamscape that frames it's nightmarish finale.