Aelita - Queen of Mars (1929)

Aelita - Queen of Mars


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The Marxist struggle reaches outer space in this fanciful Russian science fiction film from the silent period. Los (Nikolai Tsereteli) is an engineer who dreams of traveling to other worlds and imagines that a beautiful woman named Aelita (Yuliya Solntseva) lives on the planet Mars. Frustrated with the petty political conflicts that are a big part of life on Earth, Los builds a spaceship and travels to Mars, where he discovers that the lovely Aelita really does exist and is Queen of the Planet. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Fedor Ozep
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On DVD: Jul 20, 1999
Film Arts Guild


as Gusev, Red Army Sold...

as Kratskov

as Engineer Los / Spiri...

as Kravtsov - Amateur S...

as Tuskub, Ruler of Ma...

as Nurse Masha
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Critic Reviews for Aelita - Queen of Mars

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

While Aelita doesn't surpass Fritz Lang's 1926 classic Metropolis, it is a major early achievement in futuristic cinema...

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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Time Out
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Los Angeles Times
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Chicago Reader
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...the extravagant sets and costumes represent the apogee of Russian constructivist screen design.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005

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Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Aelita - Queen of Mars


Science fiction about a trip to Mars from the glorious Soviet Socialists Republics wherein a science noodler with marriage problems longs for a better life abroad ... way, way abroad. Despite being released in 1929 everything has stood the test of time very well. The acting is as naturalistic as anything modern even if the style is dated, and the look and feel of the advanced civilisation on Mars ain't too far from the best of Art Deco. And yes, silent. But that means yer lazy imagination has to get up and, uh, imagine for a change. Worth a look.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is the first Russian movie I've actually really liked. It has such cool sets, costumes, and cinematography to go along with it's story! The story is overall about Russian astronauts who are planning a trip to Mars after receiving a strange message from them. Mars is also looking down on Earth, watching them, and the queen has fallen in love with the astronaut. Then there are also some kinda dull scenes about the Russian people, which I don't think the movie needed, but they didn't distract too much. If you're interested in early sci-fi movies please don't hesitate to see this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Worth a look, but I won't be watching this one again. No doubt interesting when it first came out and can be seen as a piece of cinematic history. Early sci-fi via Russian film.

Alaine B

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