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On the Silver Globe

4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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"One of cinema's most stunning extravagances and the most frightening art film you will ever see" says Film Comment's Michael Atkinson about this banned science fiction epic by controversial director Andrej Zulawski. The Polish Ministry of Culture halted production on The Silver Globe in 1978 and until the fall of communism in 1986 when Zulawski completed the film it remained both his best-known and least-seen work. In this surreal and disturbing mix of Lord of the Flies and Dune a group of space pioneers starts a colony on the moon. As the adults die off the children revert to primitive forms creating their own myths deities and social classes. Years later a politician from earth arrives and--fulfilling the moon people's prophecy--is hailed as their great messiah. In Polish with English subtitles.System Requirements:Running time: 157 mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: FOREIGN/LATIN UPC: 644527637099 Manufacturer No: DV94244

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leszek Dlugosz, Jerzy Gralek, Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela
  • Directors: Andrzej Zulawski
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Polart
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ROA04A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Muzzlehatch VINE VOICE on March 22, 2010
Format: DVD
This is one crazy piece of work. I think it will help going into ON THE SILVER GLOBE to know a little bit of the background of the film - if you want to make sense of it, that is, which frankly may not be all that useful. But in any case, the film itself gives you a bit of the background and more can easily be found: director Andrzej Zulawski had left Poland in 1972 to escape censorship under the Communist regime, but a few years later during a period of openness he was invited back and allowed to make a project of his own choice with a relatively unlimited budget. He chose to film an adaptation of his great-uncle Jerzy's "Lunar Trilogy", originally written around 1900, an epic science fiction story about the colonizing of another planet over generations. The adaptation and filming took up much of 1975 through 1977 but it was stopped by the government - mostly because of alleged subversive political analogies in the film which I didn't really get, and I suspect most others won't unless they really know Polish history - the film abandoned and ordered destroyed. Zulawski returned to France in despair where he has mostly lived since, but the film in fact wasn't destroyed and in 1988 a version was pieced together and shown at Cannes. This video version came later, with Zulawski narrating to help fill in the narrative gaps, but it's still incomplete and fragmentary in some respects. So going into it, there's no way to avoid knowing that what you're seeing isn't a finished product - and never will be.Read more ›
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This is one the most haunting arthouse films ever made. Unfortunately it is getting released as a bootleg DVD by Polart - The DVD is Fullscreen (regular PAL-NTSC transfer from the Polish DVD presented in cropped Fullscreen) Zulawski's intended aspect ratio is 1.66:1.

Keep your $30 and wait for a legitimate company to pick up this film for proper distribution.
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On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie) is a remarkable science fiction epic by Andrzej Zulawski. The movie begins with primitives trading a recording device to astronauts. The tapes chronicle the history of four earlier astronauts that crashed and began a civilization on the planet they are on. A man is wounded from the crash and dies shortly later. The rest, two men and a woman, explore this world and have a lot of children. In a few decades there are now hundreds of people with their own culture. The children consider the last surviving male astronaut an all-knowing god. The new astronauts enter this strange culture with a cult-like religion that considers them gods.

On the Silver Globe got into trouble with communist censors who halted its production. Parts of the movie were unfinished so they are filled in with the director telling us what should have been there while we see filler footage of landscapes or city scenes. It is unfortunate that Zulawski wasn't able to finish it as he intended but we are fortunate enough it wasn't completely lost (about 1/5 of the film is missing). Why the censor halted production is unknown as there really isn't anything political in the film (although a reoccurring philosophical theme concerns if we are more than just animals, that is to say, if we are a soul in a body).

I would give On the Silver Globe high grades for being original. The film is based on the Lunar Trilogy books written by the director's granduncle Jerzy Zulawski in the early 1900s. Although aspects of this movie can be compared to others, its innovativeness is impressive. The bizarre world we see in On the Silver Globe is like seeing another culture that is foreign to us.
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A film that doesn't leave you, if you can give it a chance. The film is not perfect, but I celebrate the effort. Human nature is on display, and of course this is just one man's opinion, but I find myself still thinking about the images and wondering how much truth might be there. The haunting nature of the film makes me think I want to return to this film at some point. It is a disturbing anthropological statement that is thought provoking, if nothing else.
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Along with The Devil (1972), this is Zulawski's best. It's one of the strangest films I have ever seen: a reverse of Zardoz (1974).

I personally found the movie a cross between mysticism, Science Fiction, existentialism and just plain confusion on my part. Andrzej Zulawski takes us to a world were everything is filled or abounding with fog and all the people are blurred. The only hope people have is to make a journey to a planet, a new "Earth", to a place where new wishes come true. Andrzej Zulawski's Poland-ness is always exhibited in a blend of earthiness and Science Fiction. However, I think that for me the movie was a statement about human psychology and our attachment to the ego that stands in the way of our fulfillment.

Something much more profound is being communicated in On the Silver Globe, and taken as a whole, this is a remarkable artistic achievement. On the Silver Globe requires patience, concentration, audiovisual acuity and inner resources. For a movie made in the 70's and being of Polish origin, I'd have to say that On the Silver Globe (1987) has passed the test of time and was done well enough to warranty a watch.

But it's not just the visual beauty that makes this film so great, it's the philosophical ideas that are presented.
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