AELITA: QUEEN OF MARS
SAT 21 MAR @ 2PM | Arc Cinema | $12/$10
1924 | TBC | 111 mins | 4K DCP | RUSSIA | D: Yakov Protazanov
Russian and Soviet Republic director and screenwrite Yakov Protazanov directed one of the world's first science-fiction features, Aelita: Queen of Mars in 1924. Based on a novel by Alexei Tolstoy and produced only seven years after the Russiona Revolution, this silent film employed science-fiction to promote the Communist cause.
It is also noted for its remarkable constructivist Martian sets and costumes which directly influenced the more famous Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927) and even the much later Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, USA, 1980). Aelita is visually breathtaking and in many respects ahead of its time. Screening from a print restored by the NFSA in 2018.