From the Tsars to the Stars
Russian Fantastic Cinema

Planet of Storms

Director: Pavel Klushantsev
Cast: Vladimir Yemelyanov, Georgi Zhzhyonov, Gennadi Vernov
Soviet Union, 1961, 83’, color
Russian with Turkish subtitles

Working from a dullish source - a novel by the Soviet sci-fi eminence Aleksandr Kazantsev - director Klushantsev overpowers the party-line dialogue with excellent effects. Upon arrival to Venus, cosmonauts find furious volcanoes and sundry prehistoric beasts (a cackling, swooping pterodactyl is most memorable). The filmmakers, however, forgot to include scantily clad cavewomen; this omission was quickly corrected by Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Woman (1968); the up-and-coming culprit was Peter Bogdanovich. – by Robert Skotak


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