Skip to main content

THE SILENT PLANET

East Germany, 1960 (MIFF 1963)

Director: Kurt Maetzig

Seven men and one woman, from eight different countries, set out in 1970 for the first trip through space aboard the space ship "Kosmokrator I". Their destination is Venus. Here they find all the signs of an advanced technical civilisation but no appearance of life. Their exploration of the planet gradually unravels the mystery.

This is the first science-fiction film to be made by DEFA in East Germany. It is technically interesting and scientifically logical, and it is not without humour; the entertaining little robot, Omega, posessor of an electronic brain, can answer scientific questions and play chess.

The film presents a new departure from the tradition of social realism of the Eastern European countries.

See also...

LOVE'S CONFUSION

Dieter is a medical student, Sonia is studying art, Siegi works in an office, Eddy is a mason. Dieter and Sonia are in love, so are Siegi and Eddy. But Siegi is fickle and Dieter is unsure of ... More »

FIVE CARTRIDGE CASES

Spain, 1936. An officer and five volunteers of the International Brigade have been ordered to cover the retreat of the battalion which, out of ammunition, is forced to move back behind the Ebro. A ... More »

The Stolen Nose

A puppet film. Three children make a snowman whose nose is stolen during the night but the children discover the thieves. ... More »

Shunters

Day and night, n all weathers,the shunters are at work in the largest goods and shunting station in the DDR, in Dresden. An impressionistic documentary without commentary, which provides both an ... More »

Measure for Measure

An animated film, satirising individuals who make in­ferior goods whilst expounding the need for craftsmanship. ... More »

BELOVED WHITE MOUSE

In East Germany traffic police are nicknamed "white mice" because of the colour of their uniforms. The "white mouse" of this film is Fritz Bachman who, while on point duty, is attracted to a pretty ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director