Laika Star
March 21, 2008 3:38 PM   Subscribe

The history of the Russian space program in three short videos. The past, the present, and the future.
posted by vronsky (7 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
More on Planet Bur (Planet of Storms).
posted by vronsky at 3:45 PM on March 21, 2008

Excellent, excellent package, dear comrade!
Did Rudolph Mate crib the sequence from that first film for "When Worlds Collide" 16 years later?
Amazing attention to detail for 1935...
posted by Dizzy at 5:27 PM on March 21, 2008

In his fascinating book A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked, Jack Dreyfus detailed his struggle with OCD. One of his compulsive fixations was that of Laika's story.
posted by Tube at 7:26 PM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

That first one was amazing. I loved the Young Pioneer leaping through the closing doors, and making the moon into a lighted sign. (During the steering sequence I also had flashbacks to "The Big Bus" ....)

That Dunayevsky piece is so familiar. Anybody tell me why?

As for "Laika Star", this issue could not have been brought to my attention in a more timely fashion, and I will be composing a protest telegram for the Soviet Ambassador on the instant.
posted by dhartung at 9:59 PM on March 21, 2008 [2 favorites]

Great collection of links, vronsky - that first 1936 clip is utterly awesome.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:19 PM on March 21, 2008

Comrade Dizzy, I have been informed by Great Leader that you are a dangerous and subversive agent of the decadent west and therefore I must cut off all contact with you (have fun at the re-education camp).

dhartung - I had the exact same reaction to the soundtrack, but no I can't explain why.
posted by vronsky at 5:55 AM on March 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

That had nothing to do with space travel and very little to do with russians...
posted by subaruwrx at 9:15 PM on March 23, 2008

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