Begegnung im All (1963)

aka Mechte navstrechu, A Dream Come True
Article 3066 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-29-2009
Posting Date: 1-5-2009
Directed by Mikhail Karzhukov and Otar Koberidze
Featuring Larisa Gordeichik, Boris Borisenko, Otar Koberidze
Country: Soviet Union
What it is: Russian space epic

Aliens from another planet decide to visit Earth when they hear a transmission of a song from there. However, their spaceship crashes on one of the moons of Mars. It is up to a mission from Earth to rescue the visitors.

One of my sources claims that this movie is a sequel to PLANETA BUR, but I’m not sure if that is correct. However, it is the movie from which footage was culled for QUEEN OF BLOOD. However, I can’t really compare the two movies. For one thing, QUEEN OF BLOOD mostly just picked off some of the special effects footage and built a whole new movie around them. Furthermore, since my print of this movie has no English subtitles, and the copy I found was in German, I’m in no position to analyze the plot; the plot description above is based on what other sources say about the movie, and I’m not sure I would have been able to figure even that much from what I saw. I can say this much, though; in terms of the visual science fiction eye candy, the movie really delivers; just from the visual standpoint, it’s a real treat. It’s a shame that this is the only way I can see some of these movies, but I guess that’s the price of completism.


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