Lunnaya Raduga: 1984 Russian science fiction film

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  1. Anonymous says:

    looks pretty good if a bit cheap and nasty sub-Blake’s seven, but music by Eduard Artemiev which makes it a must-see

    • djn says:

      Oh, it’s Artemiev? I rather liked the music, in all it’s analogue soviet synth charm. Now that you say it, I’m not too surprised to hear that he wrote it. :)

  2. Trent Hawkins says:

    if you’re going to watch one 1980s Russian SCiFi movie, it should be Kin Dza Dza.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db7pqpylMUA

  3. Anonymous says:

    loved the book as a teenager. Don’t remember much of the film.
    +1 for Sexmission (hey, I was a teenage boy at the time)
    Kin Dza Dza is still a cult – a bit like Kurosawa’s Dodeska-Denn (surreal), but way funnier, IIRC.

  4. technogeek says:

    There was a fair amount of decent Russian SF, with surprisingly good effects work for its time — good enough that some of the lower-budget US film companies swiped it wholesale. I’m thinking in particular of Planet Of Storms.

    Yeah, by today’s standards it’s dated. And the pace is different from what we’re used to, and the plots make slightly different assumptions about societal norms so some elements don’t translate well without some additional thought. But I really wish more of it was available.

  5. Noah Cross says:

    How much more seriously Russian could you be? And teh psuedo Tangerine Dream score places it squarely in the eighties.

    • Anonymous says:

      My thoughts exactly, I thought the soundtrack sounded a lot like TD’s Rubycon. It’s been a while since I’ve spaced out to Tangerine Dream, but my thoughts exactly.

  6. Chentzilla says:

    I somehow ended watching it in school and thought it boring. From the whole movie I remember exactly one special effect where a man’s clothes suddenly change.
    Tried to read the novel at the same age. Was also bored.

  7. Chentzilla says:

    *In school = in my school years. Probably early school years.

  8. penguinchris says:

    If you want a good Eastern-European-feeling 80′s sci-fi film, I suggest Sexmission. It’s Polish and from 1984.

    You can see the whole thing on youtube, starting here.

    Actually, while it is science fiction, it’s primarily a comedy in case the title didn’t make that clear :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is it not funny how we always explore the forbidden in fiction? In the athiest USSR sci-fi has people undergoing fundamental spiritual transformations. The technology is an afterthought. In Western sci-fi of the time, it’s all about the machines, and has almost no explorations of what it is to be human. An interesting switch.

  10. von Bobo says:

    Looks like a snoozer. Let me know if anyone distributes a 20 minute version of it.

    Maybe a good candidate to remake, ala Solaris.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Maybe a good candidate to remake, ala Solaris.”

      Heh. I liked the original Solaris much better than the remake. No accounting for taste.

    • locussolus says:

      Regarding Solaris, the original film is incredible! Do you really think the remake was necessary?

    • lewis stoole says:

      did you also see tarkovsky’s “stalker”?
      do you think that one is too long as well?
      (it is 2hr 43 min)
      just a thought, maybe the no budget aspect of solaris had some affect on your viewing pleasure.

    • Anonymous says:

      idiotic to compare a strange, ambient and disarming piece of filmmaking like this with a trite hollywood remake of a tarkovsky, don’t you think? if you snooze through this and awaken only to a soderburgh re-hash, god bless you my friend.

  11. JamesMason says:

    An unusual accident on “Uranus” – is that nearly as funny in Russian?

    Also, advertising that this is “watchable” seems like faint praise.

  12. Flying_Monkey says:

    It looks like good ‘late night’ viewing – really excellent analog soup kinda soundtrack.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Why does 1984 Russian film work look and sound like 1964 North American film work?

  14. Baldhead says:

    “watchable” seems a bit.. uncertain as to quality. And of course, Uranus would be less funny if we actually pronounced the word correctly. but I digress. seems to follow the “slow and boring” school of science fiction- a school I had thought Lucas killed with a lightsaber.

    • Bodhipaksa says:

      The “your-anus” pronunciation is far from incorrect. Both forms seem to have coexisted in English for a long time, but many people (myself included) report that when they were young the “your-anus” form was ubiquitous, with the YOUR-an-iss pronunciation becoming common more recently.

  15. Anonymous says:

    If you like Russian sci-fi fillums then I recommend Pisma myortvogo cheloveka ‘Letters from a dead man’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4HwfbcKu04 (note: the preview link has no English subtitles)

    I think it reminds me of ‘Testament’ http://www.allmovie.com/work/testament-49179

    The trailer looks a little too surrealist ie off-putting but if you have seen the fillum it makes sense. You can find the English sub version on your usual neighbourhood torrent sites or maybe somewhere on youtube.

    I would love to here your thoughts if youst seen it.

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