First Spaceship on Venus (1959)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Space Adventure  |   Release Date - Feb 26, 1960 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 130 min.  |   Countries - East Germany, Poland, USA, West Germany  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Originally released in East Germany as Der Schweigende Stern ("The Silent Star") and in Poland as Milczaca Gwiazda, First Spaceship on Venus was partially intended as an anti-nuclear tract. In 1985, a strange, extraterrestrial spool is discovered, leading to a manned expedition to Venus. The multinational crew includes American Brinkman (Gunther Simon), African Talua (Juliusz Ongewe), and Japanese Sumiko Ogimura (Yoko Tani). After several special-effects setpieces (and reams of dogmatic dialogue later), the crew lands on Venus, only to discover that the planet's population was wiped out by a nuclear error. Armed with this knowledge, the expedition returns to earth with a warning for all mankind. The film was based on a novel by noted Eastern Bloc sci-fi novelist Stanislaw Lem.

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alien [not human], astronaut, invasion, nuclear-holocaust, post-nuclear-holocaust, space-exploration