HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Boss Level
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To
Edge of the World
PTU
Superdeep
Insignificance
Treasure City
Piccadilly
Parallel
Invasión
Shiva Baby
Flowers of Shanghai
War and Peace
Agony
Merrily We Go to Hell
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
Amusement Park, The
Lemebel
Hands of Orlac, The
Cats
Death has Blue Eyes
Caveat
Kala Azar
Duplicate
Flashback
Gunda
After Love
Earwig and the Witch
Zebra Girl
Skull: The Mask
Vanquish
Bank Job
Drunk Bus
Homewrecker
State Funeral
Army of the Dead
Initiation
Redoubt
Dinner in America
Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes
   
 
Newest Articles
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
   
 
  Andromeda Nebula, The Lost In Space
Year: 1967
Director: Yevgeni Sherstobitov
Stars: Sergei Stolyarov, Vija Artmane, Nikolai Kryukov, Tatyana Voloshina, Lado Tskhvariashvili, Aleksandr Gaj, Roman Khomyatov, Lyudmila Chursina, Marina Yurasova, Gennadi Yukhtin, Aleksandr Goloborodko
Genre: Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: On the Earth of the future, a ceremony is being held to assign pupils to teachers, and Mven Mas (Lado Tskhvariashvili), a man with some authority in the society, is welcoming his latest protege when he is taken to one side by one of his colleagues. It seems he has been chosen for the top job in The Great Circle, far off in space, but the starship Tantra is already there, and it has encountered a problem. Where there should be a void, there is a huge amount of mysterious energy: this region has far from been thoroughly explored, and the crew are in for a nasty surprise...

Films from the Soviet era have the reputation of being dour, weighty and about four hours long at the very least, but to counter that here was one that barely lasted over the hour mark. It was, of course, still dour and weighty, but as this was a science fiction movie it has gone on to minor cult success, in spite of beginnings that might have put paid to it ever being shown anywhere at all after its initial release. It was drawn from a book of ten years before by Yvan Yefremov, one of the most celebrated of all Soviet science fiction novels of its day.

The reason for that celebration was probably not simply because it was a rip-roaring adventure, but because it praised the Communist ideal of living in a Utopia created along the political lines of its country of origin, which was what Yefremov envisaged for the world, just what those in power would want to hear, never mind the man in the Soviet street. This makes it all the more ironic that the film's standing was far lesser than its derivation, and the proposed series that this was supposed to instigate never happened because the filmmakers were clamped down on by the authorities soon after it was made.

This leaves The Andromeda Nebula (its actual subtitle makes clear this is the first part in a series) somewhat adrift, as if its intended audience were to shun it, and very few elsewhere in the world would be interested, especially now, then it becomes something of an orphan in the cinema world. It does itself no favours by undercutting any excitement that the thrills aspect of the story might have held by continually moving away from the starship's dilemma to catch up on the philosophising of those back on Earth, and even for a short work this drags. That dilemma for the ship is that they are now stuck in space for twenty-five years before they can get away, and the filmmakers apparently want to you to feel every minute of it.

They do reach a planet in the area, and upon seeing a crashed spaceship of alien origin there they decide they have nothing to lose and set about landing nearby so they can help. Alas, when they do leave the safety of the craft, they find there are invisible creatures about that can disintegrate humans, leaving nothing but their spacesuits, unless they can shine a light around to scare the creatures away. These scenes are very reminiscent of Mario Bava's sci-fi favourite Planet of the Vampires, even looking the same although the source novel was written before the Bava film was ever conceived, but the excitement levels are far below the Italian effort. There is undoubtedly a place in this genre for thoughtful passages and musings over meaning in the universe, but here they don't seem to have got the hang of it in the way that, say, their East German neighbours did. What you are left with is a relic of largely historical interest. Music by Yakov Lapinsky.

Aka: Tumannost Andromedy.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4432 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: