In 1936 the Soviet Union was still making silent films, one of the last and highest budgeted was Cosmic Voyage. With retro-future design and special effects rivaling Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Cosmic Voyage is the story of a Moon launch in the (then) far future of 1946, and a tale of caution versus daring in the Soviet Space bureaucracy.
Made as Kosmicheskiy Reys and produced under the supervision of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, one of the architects of the actual Russian space program, this silent masterpiece has been unavailable to western audiences since its premiere in 1936 ( Except for lo-res bootlegs without English translation). We intend to produce a modern faithful translation of all 132 Russian title cards. We love and respect this film, and special care will be taken to ensure that the original writer’s intent is maintained. The English translation will run simultaneously with the original inter-titles. The Cosmic Voyage DVD will include new original box art and full film credits (including Kickstarter investor names).
Our copy of Cosmic Voyage is only one generation away from the 35mm print and is as clear a copy as you will find anywhere. It features exciting action, fantastic costume design, amazing effects, a gorgeous leading lady, incredible stop motion scenes on the lunar surface, and even a little comedy relief.
This is a big budget Russian epic in the tradition of Battleship Potemkin and Alexander Nevsky. If you think you know the history of Science Fiction films, you need to see this missing link between Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon and George Pals’ Destination Moon. Lovers of Sci-Fi will need to have this newly translated film in their collection.
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