The Silver Planet

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German title The silver planet
Original title Well srebrnym globie
Country of production Poland
original language Polish
Publishing year 1988
length 166 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Andrzej Żuławski
script Andrzej Żuławski,
Jerzy Żuławski
production Tadeusz Lampka
music Andrzej Korzyński
camera Andrzej Jaroszewicz
cut Krzysztof Osiecki

The silver planet (original title: Na srebrnym globie ) is a Polish science fiction film by the director Andrzej Żuławski, which was completed in 1988. Żuławski shot the then most expensive Polish film production from 1976 to 1978, because the Polish authorities had the shooting stopped in 1978 because Żuławski created a dissident parable about totalitarianism behind the mask of a science fiction film . Only after the democratization of Poland in 1986 was the director able to continue working on his fragmentary work. The premiere took place in Cannes.


Two astronauts receive a recording disk from the natives of an alien planet that shows:

A small group of astronauts wants to found a new civilization on another planet that circumvents the mistakes of earthly humanity such as violence. However, society drifts into shamanistic rituals and knowledge is not passed on to the following generations, making people on the planet more and more stupid. All of this is documented by the last surviving astronaut, known by everyone as an "old man".

The two astronauts send the image back to Earth.

After several years / decades an astronaut comes back to the planet, his name is Marek. He is worshiped as a god by the locals and is supposed to help them in the fight against one-eyed flying beings, which were discovered during the expansion over the sea.

In the end, the locals realize that Marek is not a god and crucify him.

Background information

Because Żuławski was only able to complete about four fifths of the film, street shots of Warsaw and Cracow (here including the locations of "The Third Part of the Night") can be seen during the film at the places where there are missing scenes in the script even off-screen explains what is actually happening according to the script.

The film is based on the moon trilogy by Jerzy Żuławski , Andrzej Żuławski's great-uncle, which was also an inspiration for Fritz Lang about Woman in the Moon .

Żuławski's work has been broadcast twice with OmU on 3sat, the first time on March 9, 1990, and in 2009 it was released on DVD, limited to 999 copies.


"Philosophical science fiction"

Web links

The Silver Planet in theInternet Movie Database(English)

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Süddeutsche de GmbH, Munich Germany: Foreign planets in the film - a second earth, please. In: Sü Retrieved August 18, 2016 .
  2. Sascha Imme: OFDb - DVD: Ostalgica - Al! Ve AG (Germany), approval: FSK 16 from Silberne Planet, Der (1987). In: Retrieved August 18, 2016 .