The ScreenAnarchy curated Attack The Bloc
series of Cold War era science fiction films from the Eastern Bloc continues tonight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with a rare screening of Kurt Maetzig's East German effort The Silent Star
. Dramatically altered for US release as First Spaceship On Venus
by Roger Corman, this is your chance to see the film as it was originally created and meant to be seen - projected from 35mm.
In the year 2003, with communism having conquered the globe and a new
era of international peace, prosperity and cooperation secured,
engineers discover what appears to be an alien artifact in the Gobi
Desert. Scientists determine that the object is some kind of
extraterrestrial flight recorder, and a partial decoding of its contents
indicate that it came from a spaceship which originated from Venus. A
multinational crew is sent to investigate the planet, where they find
only the shattered remnants of an extinct civilization, and evidence of a
terrible catastrophe that could portend doom for the Earth. Adapted
from Stanislaw Lem's first published novel and dramatically altered by
Roger Corman for its US release as First Spaceship on Venus, The Silent Star
is a chilling cautionary tale of the dangers of technology run amok --
and its vision of a future where all nations cooperate for the common
good establishes it as a kind of communist mirror image (and precursor)
of the democratic utopia posited by Star Trek.
The screening kicks off at 9pm!
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