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Na srebrnym globie (The Silver Globe)


directed by Andrzej Zulawski
Poland 1987, 166 min

A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own dream. They eventually die one by one, while their children revert to a primitive native culture, creating new myths and a new god. Some time later, a space bureaucrat running from a broken heart, arrives and finds colonizer's descendants enslaved by birdmonstern called Cherns. Society is divided into a numerous classes, and everyone is waiting for the arrival of a messiah. The newcomer is considered a suitable candidate and for some time he lives as a god. In the end he is crucified by his people. (Polish Cinema Database)

When the shooting of 'Na srebrnym globie' (1977) was almost completed, the Polish Ministry of Culture ordered to stop the filming and destroy all related materials. The negative was saved, however, and during the liberalization of the political regime in Poland in 1986-1987 Zulawski returned to the country and managed to complete the film from the spared material. This raw product was shown at the Cannes Film Festival but was misjudged as a failed pre-Spielbergian attempt on superproduction. (imdb)

"The copy of the film I watched was taped from the German TV station 3 Sat who actually paid for subtitling the film in German!"

film.org.pl >> stills and article in polish
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