First Spaceship on Venus

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

First Spaceship on Venus (Der schweigende Stern) (1960, East Germany/Poland) is a Science Fiction film directed by Kurt Maetzig.


Main Details

  • Released on February 26, 1960 (East Germany)
  • Color
  • Running time: 93 minutes
  • Production Co.: VEB DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (made by) | Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe Roter Kreis | Film Polski (and) | Zespól Filmowy Iluzjon
  • Distribution Co.: VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb (1960) (East Germany) (theatrical) | Allotria Filmi (1960) (Finland) (theatrical) | Universal Filmverleih (1960) (Austria) (theatrical) | Crown International Pictures (1962) (United States) (theatrical) (as 'First Spaceship on Venus') (dubbed) | Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (1963) (United Kingdom) (theatrical) (dubbed) | Astral Films (1963) (Canada) (theatrical) (dubbed)
  • Directed by Kurt Maetzig
  • Written by Jan Fethke, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Günter Reisch, Günther Rücker and Alexander Stenbock-Fermor (adaptation), Kurt Maetzig (screenplay collaboration), J. Barkhauer (uncredited), from Stanislaw Lem's novel
  • Starring: Yôko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski

Plot Summary

  • When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.


  • Man's Most Exciting, Most Incredible Journey!
  • You are there... on man's most incredible journey!

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