LIVE SCORE BY JOHN SWEENEY AND JEFF DAVENPORT!!!
MANSION HOUSE, DRAWING ROOM – 6.30PM
Dir. Vasily Zhuravlyov USSR 1935 70 mins
Sergey Komarov, K. Moskalenko,Vassili Gaponenko
Recently ‘rediscovered’ this fascinating Soviet science fiction gem is a real surprise.
Made with a determined drive for scientific accuracy and led by Constantin Tsiolkovski then in his seventies, the journey or voyage is the classic trip to the moon but made with extraordinary vision for how rockets would really work. Even Werner von Braun, famous for leading the the Apollo mission praised Tsiolkovski’s calculations. But it is on screen that counts, and Cosmic Journey is way ahead of its contemporary Flash Gordon serials with its special effects and the great Metropolis with its vision of the future.
A must see.
For a fascinating insight in the making of the film see the film notes from Austin Film Society.