To the very limited extent that the German science fiction series Raumpatrouille Orion (full English title: Space Patrol – The Fantastic Adventures of the Starship Orion) is known in my own United States, it tends to be the victim of a certain unfair association. On those pitifully rare occasions when it’s mentioned, it’s seldom withoutContinue reading “Raumpatrouille Orion”
Our introduction to Joe Walker in Three Golden Serpents underscores the caliber of filmmaking we’re dealing with here, coming by way of a recycled and re-dubbed scene from the earlier Kill, Panther, Kill! in which Walker is made to seem as if he’s talking on the phone to Mrs. Leighton in Thailand.
Aside from providing grist for adventurists in the pop music realm, Funky Frauleins also has something to offer fans of Euro cinema, as a number of its featured players led a double life in the world of film.
Dracula’s Music Cabinet was part of a wave of horror-themed novelty albums seemingly inspired by the type of horror films that Europe was producing at the time, as best exemplified by Jess Franco.
By the time filming on The Sons of Great Bear was nearing its end, Gojko Mitic, who considered the film a one-off effort on his part, had had it. The actor would later admit to some churlish onset behavior brought on by homesickness and impatience.
East German production house DEFA got into the scifi game with the solemn The Silent Star. In the Dust of the Stars trades that gravitas for disco style, interpretive dance, and nudity.
The imagination apparent in every aspect of The Silent Star‘s design is a joy, with a story that is solid and economical enough in its construction to survive instances of ideological lip service.