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150 minutes of passionate and complicated science fiction, interspersed with documentary footage of ordinary Poles going about terrestrial business in the final days of Communism.
Even out of time, even incomplete, even now that its director is gone for good, On The Silver Globe endures and its beautiful power will never dim.
It's among the most visually extravagant films ever made.
Arthouse uniquely weird sci-fi film.
It becomes a bleak comic spit into the face of organized religion, organized society, and even organized narrative.
"On the Silver Globe" starts with a native rider traveling hard over a couple of days to bring a globe that fell out of the sky to a pair of astronauts, one of whom immediately identifies it as out of date technology which does not make sense, with one possible exception. They remove its black box to play on their computer which reveals a recording of a spaceship crash with only a few survivors. Tomczak soon succumbs to his wounds, even with Marta looking over him. Soon she is pregnant. After which the baby ages quicker than normal which causes them to worry a great deal about their own fates, especially Jerzy.
"On the Silver Globe" was only about 80% finished when production was abruptly halted in 1977. So, about a decade later, the remaining footage was pieced together with linking narration over contemporary scenes. The first is after the astronauts go into the hatch, then cutting to the subway which makes for a striking cutaway but there is little apparent reason for the other new footage.
If that was only the strangest part of this well-photographed science fiction epic, then I would not be missing so many brain cells today. The first half makes a sort of sense and is actually decades ahead of its time in playing the found footage card which works once I got used to the unique point of view. But after that, when Marek(Andrzej Seweryn) and Jacek take center stage, the movie gets increasingly bizarre and hysterical as it goes on in exploring the effects of religion and colonialism on native peoples. And man is it long!
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