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Aelita - Queen of Mars
Aelita - Queen of Mars
Actors: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli, Nikolai Batalov, Vera Orlova
Director: Yakov Protazanov
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Classics, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     1999     2hr 0min

Russia's first big budget science fiction spectacular. "Aelita, the Queen of Mars" is a fantastic adventure about Los, an engineer living in Moscow who dreams of Aelita and builds a spaceship to take him to her. They fall ...  more »


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Actors: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli, Nikolai Batalov, Vera Orlova
Director: Yakov Protazanov
Creators: Emil Schünemann, Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky, Aleksei Fajko, Aleksei Tolstoy, Fyodor Otsep
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Classics, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Silent Films, Love & Romance, Space Adventure, Aliens
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 07/20/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/2024
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2024
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Beyond the beyond
Michael B. Sterling | Austin, Texas USA | 08/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a work of totally visionary science fiction from an utterly vanished revolutionary Soviet Constructivist world. Which is weirder: royal life on Mars, or the fact that this film somehow got produced and distributed?The sets and costumes are utterly mindboggling. This is my favorite work of science fiction cinema.Bruce Sterling"
A fascinating look at an era and style
D. Mitchell | 02/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Surprisingly watchable, for a silent film, and very well preserved. The Constructivist sets and costumes are amazing, a revolutionary art style before the later supression of expression and innovation in the Soviet Union (this film was later banned by Stalinist critics). Even the images of life on Earth, in the early days of that nation, are quite interesting."
Impressive Classic, surprisingly far from the book
John Woods | San Diego, CA, United States | 04/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've read the book by Alexey Tolstoy, but I have not seen the movie until today. You'd think that in the 20's they tried to be close to the original, but not in this case - the movie is quiet a bit different from the book. Warning: spoilers ahead! Where in the book most of the action happens on Mars, in the film our hero doesn't get to the red planet until into some time the second hour of the movie. In the book Aielita dies after taking poison, Los' tastes something bitter on her lips, but it's too late. In the movie Los' kills Aelita, and then realizes that the whole shebang was a dream.

It's a good movie non-the less. The actors' play is wonderful, and many parts are funny.

The DVD doesn't have any features - just an index with shortcuts to different parts of the movie.
This was a hot stuff in its historical period!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 04/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

After leaving the hall of cinema, I asked to myself how could this movie to surmount the ideological prejudices and brutal censure, if presumably didn't count with a kind overlook by part of adverse enemies of the regime. Because the whole contain of the underneath message was terribly mordacious.

An engineer decides to design a spaceship to try to find in Mars the woman of his dreams. Until now everything s works; but when he arrives to the red planet he finds a Proletarian upraising. This film not only inspired the genial mind of Fritz Lang but since its release has been an portentous document in the history of cinema.

This smart collection of elements: danger, humor and love were the primordial factors that could stand the inquisitive scrutiny of the Big Russian Brother; the iron fist ruler, and certainly the most bloody tyrant in the XX Century.