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Der Schweigende Stern (1960)
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10.05.09

Der Schweigende Stern (1960) In 1970, debris from the 1908 Tunguska "meteor" are found which turn out to be recordings from a spaceship crashed there. The ship's origin is determined to be Venus, and an international team sets out with their spaceship "Kosmokrator" to visit the "Silent Planet", which is shrouded in clouds, and doesn't respond to contact attempts. While the "Kosmokrator" is in flight, the record is decoded and it turns out that the Venusians seemingly planned to invade Earth in 1908. Should the "Kosmokrator" still attempt to get in touch with the Aliens? And why are they silent now?

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

Also Known As:
First Spaceship on Venus

Title: Der Schweigende Stern
Release Date: October 31, 1962
Runtime: 93 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Languages: German
Country: East Germany, Poland
Colors: Color
Sound: 4-Track Stereo
IMDB Rating: 3.7
Brimstone Pit Rating: 4.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Director(s):
Kurt Maetzig

Cast:
yoko Tani ...Die japanische Arztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes ...Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway...
Ignacy Machowski ...Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Orloff
Julius Ongewe ...Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Michail N. Postnikow ...Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof....
Kurt Rackelmann ...Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Gunther Simon ...Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Tang Hua Ta ...Chinesische Linguistin / Dr. Tchen yu / Lao Tsu
Lucyna Winnicka ......
Danuta Szaflarska ... (voice)
Klaus Bamberg ...Bit Part
Fredy Barten ...Bit Part
Christoph Bayertt ...Bit Part
Karl Brenk ...Bit part
Fritz Decho ...Reporter
Karin Fredersdorf ...Brinkmanns Mutter
Eva Maria Hagen ...Female Reporter
Karl Helge Hofstadt ...Bit Part
Peter Kiwitt ...Bit Part
Heinz Kogel ...Bit Part
Gertraud Kreissig ...Reporter
Ruth Maria Kubitschek ...Frau Brinkmann
Hans Ulrich Laufer ...Bit Part
Barbara Leonhard ...Sekretarin
Erich Lie ...Chinese
Omani Mensah ...Afrikanischer Funker
Vera Oelschlegel ...Bit Part
Paul Paulsen ...Bit part
Lieselotte Schmoock ...Bit Part
Werner Senftleben ...Funker

» [more cast members]

Writer(s):
Stanislaw Lem
Jan Fethke
Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Gunter Reisch
Gunther Rucker
Alexander Stenbock Fermor
Kurt Maetzig
J. Barkhauer

Composer(s):
Andrzej Markowski

More Movie Taglines:
  • You are there... on man's most incredible journey!
Movie Trivia:
  • In the original German version, "Brinkman(n)" isn't American but East German, and the "Durand" character is a Soviet cosmonaut by the name of "Prof. Arsenjew" (Arsenyev), "the man who steered the first rocket to the moon"!
  • In the 1962 USA release version, on the film soundtrack, in a scene in the control room of the Kosmokrator rocket, we hear a music track titled "In Outer Space" from Destination Moon (1950) by Leith Stevens, and later in the movie, in the scenes of eerie destruction of the Venusian city, we hear a music track titled "Metaluna Catastrophe" from This Island Earth (1955) by Herman Stein. Both of these uses of music were uncredited and unlicensed, and unauthorized by the copyright holders.
  • Released to theaters in the US on a triple bill with the Italian Space Men (1960) and the Japanese Chikyű B˘eigun (1957)).
  • This large scale East German-Polish co-production was the first to be shot in the Totalvision widescreen process.
  • The German version contains a reference to one of the professors having his career stalled when he was thrown out of the university by the Nazis. Director and co-writer Kurt Maetzig had his career stalled by the Nazis because his mother was Jewish.
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Keywords:
Venus, Alien, Team, Spaceship, Artifact  ...[more]


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