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European SF classic films
February 20, 2013 9:38 PM   Subscribe

Classic European science-fiction movies (1916-1961) you probably haven’t seen – but you should according to io9.
posted by Mezentian (10 comments total) 47 users marked this as a favorite

 
What a great list. That Himmelskibet trailer looks like a Frank R. Paul illustration done for the moving pictures. And the clip from Kosmicheskiy reys is a surprisingly wonderful miniature shot. I'm gonna have to dig these up.
posted by 2N2222 at 9:55 PM on February 20, 2013


I'm just here for Reptilicus.
posted by ShutterBun at 10:20 PM on February 20, 2013


I've seen Aelita, and it was fantastic. The hero shows up and mentions that he's just taking a break from committing socialist revolution in neighboring states...

There are also some human bad guys who collaborate with the alien invaders: short, effete, decadent, bourgeois, big noses... I saw it with some friends who were Jewish, and they mentioned after the show that they couldn't figure out who those bad guys were supposed to be. I had to enlighten them.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:44 PM on February 20, 2013


Vo ist Frau im Mond?

Unforgivable oversight.
posted by mwhybark at 11:30 PM on February 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


No love for Der Schweigende Stern ("first spaceship to venus", IMDB)?
A great GDR sci-fi film based on a novel by Stanislav Lem.
posted by ts;dr at 12:23 AM on February 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Another good addition would be Test Pilot Pirx (1979), which is basically a sort of Soviet Blade Runner.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 1:19 AM on February 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm disappointed that they didn't list Ikarie XB-1, a Czech film with astonishing art direction, but the fact that they left off Terrore Nello Spazio (currently available on Netflix under it's US title, Planet of the Vampires), a stylish work of Italian atmospherics that will make you reconsider just how original Ridley Scott was in '79, reminds me that Gawker Media sites pretty much sum up the criticism of the early internet—an ocean of data, but only an inch deep. Sigh.
posted by sonascope at 4:15 AM on February 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


I saw "Reptilicus" last weekend at the 38th Boston SF Movie Marathon and it was everything I wanted a Danish Kaiju movie to be. Oh, yes.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:24 AM on February 21, 2013


I came here to say they forgot Planet of the Vampires, but sonascope beat me to it.
posted by rhiannonstone at 12:42 PM on February 21, 2013


Psst. Someone has uploaded Planet of the Vampires to YouTube.
posted by wittgenstein at 4:49 PM on February 21, 2013


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