Aelita, Queen of Mars*

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Aelita, Queen of Mars*

  • 1924 ----- b & w ----- 111 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Yakov Protazanov, script by Fyoror Otsep and Alexei Faiko from the novel by Alexei Tolstoy; with Yulia Solntseva, Valentina Kuinzhi, Nikolai Batalov and Igor Ilinsky) Los, an engineer living in Moscow, dreams of Aelita, the Queen of Mars, and builds a spaceship to take him to her. They fall in love, but Los soon finds himself embroiled in the planet's proletarian uprising. Russia's most famous pre-Revolution director, Yakov Protzanov, was brought back from exile for this big budget, science fiction feature. The actress Yulia Solntseva. as the sensuous and scantily-clad Aelita, provides exotic glamour to the Soviet Union's most famous film prior to Potemkin. The real star of the production was designer Alexandra Exter. His spectacular constructionist sets and costumes electrify the screen as would the production of Metropolis three years later. (Musical soundtrack; English titles) (Donated by the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Center) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)
  • Topics: (Art: History, Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies)