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First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Der schweigende Stern (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 31 October 1962 (USA)
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.

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Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes ...
Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling
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Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Prof. Durand
Julius Ongewe ...
Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Michail N. Postnikow ...
Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Orloff
Kurt Rackelmann ...
Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon ...
Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Hua-Ta Tang ...
Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu
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Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
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(U.S. Version) A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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

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During principal photography, the first English Film Festival was being held in Berlin. Various British film dignitaries were brought to DEFA to meet the director, Prof. Kurt Maetzig, and watch as some scenes were being shot. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie where Professor Harringway is presenting the crew of the Cosmostrator to the Press and TV audience the American Brinkman is present. But shortly after Brinkman, the first American to step foot on the Moon, is introduced as he arrives piloting a jet. See more »

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Better than "B" Science Fiction
31 May 2005 | by (Beltsville, Maryland) – See all my reviews

If I were going to list my favorite 10 science fiction films, this would be one of them. It is too bad that the original German language version is not available (as far as I know), but even though the American release version has some missing footage, the remaining film still is first-rate.

The film features an international cast led by Japanese actress Yoko Tani (good eye candy) and actors/actresses from Germany, Africa, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and France. The special effects from the start of the movie to its end are excellent. The effects as they explore the surface of Venus are particularly eerie and thought-provoking. But, best of all, are the philosophical speculations about the role of space flight in the future of mankind. In addition, the film makes a stern warning against the misuse of science and technology in the pursuit of war and aggression and pleads with all men to apply advances in nuclear and space technology to foster world peace.

10/10 Dan Basinger

P.S. One of the other critics stated that this was the first German science fiction film since "Frau I'm Mond" (1929). This may be the first space film from that country since 1929, but there were other films from Germany that would be considered science fiction. One of these was "Gold" (1934) that dealt with atomic power plants in the transmutation of metals to gold. Some of the footage from "Gold" appeared in the science fiction film "The Magnetic Monster" (1953).


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