The Silent Star

Original title: (Der schweigende Stern)
GDR/Poland, 1959, 95 min, color
In German; English subtitles

The first science-fiction film brought out in East Germany, The Silent Star is based on Stanislaw Lem's mysterious novel, The Astronauts (1951). In it, an international expedition is sent to Venus to decipher a message found in the Gobi desert – and discovers it is a declaration of war on Earth.


This original and unedited version of the film is here available for the first time with English subtitles.

Special features:
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Historical Essay: "Socialists in Outer Space"
  • Biography of Director, Set Designer, and Special Effects Artist
  • Newsreels about the Film
  • East German Sci-Fi Trailers
  • Gallery of Set Designs

The Silent Star

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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