September 2015, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation presents

DER SCHWEIGENDE STERN, 1959

The DEFA Foundation is devoting the 7th September to science fiction film which was marketed by the DEFA as utopian film.

DER SCHWEIGENDE STERN (The Silent Star, Kurt Maetzig, 1959), was the first DEFA production of this kind and is based on "The Astronauts", a novel by the Polish author Stanislaw Lem. It tells the story of a spaceship on its way to Venus in 1970. When it arrives, the crew discovers a massive apparatus for destruction that releases atomic radiation and poses a huge danger - not every crew member will return to earth. In 1976, Gottfried Kolditz made his second sci-fi film for DEFA, IM STAUB DER STERNE. Earth receives a call for help from the planet TEM 4. A spaceship makes its way there and everything appear to be OK. However, all is not as it seems as the cosmonauts' minds are being manipulated. (pz) (7.9.)

arsenal cinema: Classics Not Just for Children

04:30 pm Cinema 2


The General

The General Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton USA 1926
With Buster Keaton, Marion Mack Music: Carl Davis
DCP OV/GeS 74 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Improvisation in Film

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Der Verlorene

*Der Verlorene The Lost OnePeter Lorre FRG 1951
With Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmut Rudolph, Renate Mannhardt, Johanna Hofer
35 mm 98 min