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Na Srebrnym Globie (1988)

Na Srebrnym Globie (1988)





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The labyrinthine plot deals with a group of space researchers who left the Earth to find freedom. Their spaceship crashes and they land on the dark side of the Moon. They all die except one and leave a lot of children who eventually turn to shamanism and fire worship. They call the last survivor the Old Man and simultaneously loathe and revere him. Finally, the Old Man retreats to the mountains, puts his video diary into a small rocket and sends it to Earth. The rocket reaches its destination and the notes fall into the hands of another group of researchers. One of them, Marek, journeys to the Old Man's planet and lands in the mountains. When he emerges from the hills, the aboriginal inhabitants mistake him for the long-awaited reincarnation of the Old Man and look to him to deliver them from the dreaded sherns -- strange, winged mutants. The making of this film in 1978 was brutally interrupted by the Polish Ministry of Culture. When about 80% of the shooting was complete, they ordered the filmmakers to destroy all related materials. This decision caused director Andrzej Zulawski to leave his homeland for France, where he spent the next ten years. During the democratization of the Polish political regime in 1986-1987, Zulawski returned to the country to finish the picture. Having lost the sets, costumes, actors, and momentum, the director chose to complete the film from the spared footage, adding a voiceover for the missing episodes and utilizing other actors to dub the original actors who were no longer available. Even in this mutilated form, the film appears as a highly ambitious, if overwrought, sci-fi epic that draws upon philosophical concepts rather than special effects.


Krystyna Janda
as Aza/Actress
Henryk Talar
as Przewodnik Marka{pol}
Henryk Bista
as Malahuda
Jerzy Golinski
as Astronauta
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Critic Reviews for Na Srebrnym Globie

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2016
Top Critic

It's among the most visually extravagant films ever made.

Full Review… | July 25, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

Arthouse uniquely weird sci-fi film.

Full Review… | November 23, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It becomes a bleak comic spit into the face of organized religion, organized society, and even organized narrative.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Na Srebrnym Globie

"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!

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

What could've been one of the greatest science fiction epics of all time is marred by its incompleteness. I must say that this is the first film of Zulawski's that I've been mildly disappointed in. It's not bad by any means. The photography is amazing and the insanity level on this one is satisfyingly high. Unfortunately there were large portions of this which were quite boring only in that the lost scenes would seem to have provided a better understanding of some of the characters. Honestly, I lost track of who some of the people were, so when they started giving long-winded ten-minute philosophical monologues, writhing in good 'ol Zulawski fashion, I found it hard to care. This isn't Zulawski's fault, of course, I have total confidence that had the film been completed and had 40% of the footage not been destroyed by the communist Polish government, this would've been the five hour masterpiece that it was meant to be. As it is, however, the film lacks any shred of what could be called coherence. Again, this isn't a bad film and it's certainly worth a watch, and maybe another watch sometime to see if I can figure out anything about what the hell is going on, but it is as of now my least favorite of Zulawski's work.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

It's difficult to judge this film accurately because it is a fragmented damaged piece of an artifact, but like Micheloangelos armless David or the defaced Sphinx, the crack in the Liberty Bell, etc, broken things can still hold a remarkable power, pe...(read more)rhaps more so than if they had remained intact. Polish authorities halted production of this film, confiscated and burned props, setts, costumes, and footage, leaving about 25 percent of the remaining film, instead of making a documentary about the horrors that befell him ala Lost In La Mancha(though Zulawski did have significantly more footage Gilliam), he includes the destruction of the film as part of the narrative. Those scenes which aren't intact are summarized through voice over from the director himself as hand-held cam(still dizzying Zulawski) tours an unmanned Polish city. The story of On The Silver Globe is an adaptation of "The Lunar Trilogy" written by the directors Uncle Jerry Żuławski between 1901 and 1911(never published in English but popular in Europe), about a Space Crew landed on a distant moon inhabited by primitive humanoid creatures, who find a device which shows them the voyage of an earlier space flight to the planet made by pilgrims who crash or are seeking a new life(it's never clear at least in the film)where after the struggle to survive, begin the process of procreation, accept the children born on the planet grow at an extremely accelerated rate generations passing in less than decades. The first hour or so of the film is all p.o.v. handicam shots ala "Cloverfield", "The Blair Witch Project", "Diary Of The Dead", etc, we see only what the astronaut's see as they begin rebuilding civilization in their own fashion. We observe the culture, customs, architecture, and yes even fashion of the newly developing humans over generations which seem to pass in the time it takes the astronauts to grow facial hair. Because the astronauts age at a much slower rate, they become Godlike elders of the newly emerging(from incest) humans. The anthropological goings on in the background, are more interesting by far than the dialog which I can understand why other's might say sound like the ramblings of mental patients obsessed with meaning, feeling, and Godliness. At first I thought the dialog was the result of hallucination and the stress of surviving in a new completely isolated environment, then as the astronauts die off, I thought again, this is is the result of this last mans increasing isolation(unable to communicate with his offspring who are in fear/awe of his existence, "Why don't you die?", as he wanders the village despondent). Then later I considered it was an affect of the planet, maybe even the Shern projecting some kind of madness(will address get to this later), and inevitably considered there was no reason for the obtuse dialog which does sound more often then not dubiously sane, as well as the possibility that their madness is somehow supposed to be a reflection of our own, as Native and Earth-born alike all seem equally psychotic, exploring the extremities of their environments, the former in collective ways war, torture, orgies, the latter in personal ways drugs, dementia, delusions of grandeur, but I digress. The second half of the film shows us one of the astronauts who discovered the origins of the planet, being selected as the messiah( think of Earth as Heaven and you get the Biblical allusion to The Resurrection), by the natives who we come to realize are the descendants of the first mission. The new Messiah indulges in his Godking status, and deals with the threat posed by winged telepathic creatures called Sherns who kidnap and mate with native women to produce...lizard men? What follows is espionage, decadence, war, and delirious parade of fantastic and occasionally grotesque images(p.o.v. shots of men impaled rectally on 100ft stakes with their intestines hanging out, crucifictions, etc.) All and all On The Silver Globe is a messy movie, brilliant visual poetry and an interesting anthropological concept somewhere between Ursula K Lu Guine and Alejandro Jodorowsky but predating them both by almost fifty years(date of the original story), coupled with an at times incoherent plot and obtuse dialog. Factor in that this film wasn't completed for political reasons, which Zulawaski does, each time he shows us real people walking around as he describes what the astronaut's did next, and you've got an interesting if imperfect jewel of a film. If completed in full it probably would not have been a masterpiece, though the first hour are some of the most naturalistic and oddly surreal images of coming to a new planet that I have ever seen in any SF film, however it would definitely have a loyal place as a cult classic snugly on DVD shelves somewhere between "The Holy Mountain", and "Dune". For adventurous literate film seekers a fragmented modern story of the cyclical nature of time, the destructive nature of hero worship and deification, and human cultural anthropology. Like the film found by the astronauts "On The Silver Globe" is a damaged and incomplete artifact, sacrificed and crucified before it's time like it's protagonist, while warning of the abuses of power and ideologies we accept and propagate which allow them to flourish, and which inevitably lead to this films own cancellation.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers

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