First Spaceship on Venus

Directed by: Kurt Maetzig
Writen by: Stanislaw Lem, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Lou Rusoff
Produced by: Hans Mahlich, Larry Buchanan
Run Time:1 hour, 18 minutes
Content Type Rating:NR
Genres:Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Collections:Mein Kreep, Featured
Cast: Yoko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski

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Originally produced cooperatively by East German and Polish film studios, "First Spaceship on Venus" was partially intended as an anti-nuclear tract. Set in 1985, a strange, extraterrestrial spool is discovered at the site of the 1906 mystery explosion in Tunguska, Siberia. The discovery of this spool confirms that an alien spaceship from Venus crash-landed there and that the spool is a memory storage devise. A nuclear-powered spacecraft is manufactured and a multinational crew is assembled for a manned expedition to Venus. After a lengthy and risk-laden trip, the crew lands on Venus only to discover the planet devastated by a nuclear war and that the ship from Venus was an invasion force heading to Earth. Armed with this knowledge, the expedition returns to earth with a warning for all mankind. This film was based on a novel by noted Eastern Bloc sci-fi novelist Stanislaw Lem.

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