The Silent Star

Directed by Kurt Maetzig

The first science-fiction film made in East Germany – and released in the midst of the US / USSR Space Race – The Silent Star is based on Stanislaw Lem’s 1951 novel, The Astronauts.

It follows an international space expedition who undertake a journey to Venus in order to decipher a message which travelled from the planet and fell to Earth at the beginning of the 20th century. Whilst on their journey, the crew learn that the message was in fact a historic declaration of war on mankind.

94 minutes

Translated title:
Der schweigende Stern


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Country of origin:
East Germany

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