Aelita (1924)

USSR,
85m, 90m (US television), 6050 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
silent

A Soviet Russian science fiction film directed by Yakov Protazanov.

Credits

Crew
Director: Yakov Protazanov
Mezrabom, Amkino
Script: Fedor Otsep, Aleksei Fajko
Novel: Alexei Tolstoy
Director of Photography: Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky, Emil Schünemann
Music: Alexander Rannie (new score, based on themes by Prokofiev)
Costumes: Alexandra Exter
Model Designer: Viktor Simonov
Art Director: Yuri Zheliabovsky
Set Designers: Alexandra Exter, Sergei Kozlovsky, Isaak Rabinovich

Cast
Yuliya Solntseva (Aelita)
Igor Ilyinsky (Kravtsov)
Nikolai Tsereteli (Engineer Los/Spiridinov)
Nikolai Batalov (Gusev)
Vera Orlova (Nurse Masha)
Vera Kuindzhi [real name: Valentina Kuindzhi] (Natasha)
Pavel Pol (Viktor Ehrlich)
Konstantin Eggert (Tuskub)
Yuri Zavadsky (Gol)
Aleksandra Peregonets (Ihoshka)
Sofya Levitina
Varvara Massalitinova
Mikhail Zharov
Tamara Adelheim
Iosif Tolchanov (astronomer)
Vladimir Uralsky
N. Tretyakova (Yelena)

Alternative Titles

Aelita – A Rainha de Marte – Brazil
Aelita – Der Flug zum – Germany
Aelita, la reina de Marte – Uruguay (video)
Aelita: Queen of Mars – English language title
Aelita: Reina de Marte – Argentina
Aelita: Revolt of the Robots – USA
Аэлита – Russia
Kráska z Marsu
アエリータ
– Japan

Extracts included in
Fejezetek a film történetéböl: Az orosz és a szovjet némafilm (1989)
The Runestone (1990)

References

Periodicals

  • Filmfax no.49 (March/April 1995) p.20 – illustrated review (by David J. Hogan)
  • Positif no.359 (January 1991) p.98 – review (Caligari, Mr. West, Aélita: trois conceptions du film muet. by Lev Koulevhov)
  • Variety 1 March 1993 p.61 – credits, review (by Daniel M. Kimmel)

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.70 – illustrated credits, review
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.5-6 – illustrated credits, review
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.12 – review, credits
  • Encyklopedie fantastického filmu by Ivan Adamovic et l pp.17-18 – illustrated credits, review (by U [Blažena Urgošíková])
  • Film Literature: Soviet Cinema pp.19-20 – article
  • Film Problems of Soviet Russia by Bryher pp.113-114 – article
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.18 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.4 – credits
  • The Illustrated History of the Soviet Cinema by Neya Zorkaya p.97 – review
  • The Politics of Soviet Cinema 1917-1929 by Richard Taylor p.74 – review
  • Psychotronic Video Guide by Michael Weldon p.7 – review
  • by Walt Lee p.5 – illustrated credits
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.10 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film and Television Credits II by Harris M. Lentz p.734 – credits
  • Silent Films, 1877-1996: A Critical Guide to 646 Movies by Robert K. Klepper pp.273-274
  • Soviet Cinemas: Directors and Films p.129 – review
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.132 – credits