Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Sci-Fi in the DDR

May 14th, 2010 · No Comments


The Stasi was hardly the only important East German institution to leave behind a wealth of archival material. Deutsche Film Aktiengesellschaft, better known to Western film buffs as DEFA Studios, also preserved its documentary heritage upon Communism’s collapse. The state-run movie producer has since bequeathed much of its vast archives to the University of Massachusetts, so that future generations can revel in the weirdo sci-fi visions of such films as Eolomea (above). If you like what you see in the trailer, we suggest that you try watching all of Eolomea here—though be forewarned, it’s a version dubbed in Russian. Not that we think that the flick is particularly easy to grok in any language—East German sci-fi was not renowned for its audience-friendliness. Cool spaceships, though.

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