From the Tsars to the Stars
Russian Fantastic Cinema

Aelita, Queen of Mars

Director: Jakov Protazanov
Cast: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli
Soviet Union, 1924, 120’, black & white; silent

The world's first feature film to use interplanetary travel as its main plot line, Aelita is based on A. N. Tolstoy's novel. A brilliant engineer and a crusty soldier travel to the Red Planet to find it inhabited by meek humanoids and ruled with an iron fist by the beautiful Aelita. Spectacular unrest ensues; will our heroes make it back home? Free of earthly logistics, the film's unique set design captures Soviet Constructivism at its graphically most unhinged.

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