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The Star Dreamer (2002)

About a visual wizard and a fantastic legacy of films which transformed and influenced the science fiction genre as we know it. The Russian filmmaker, Pavel Klusjantsev, has had an ... See full summary »
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Complete credited cast:
Pavel Klushantsev Pavel Klushantsev ... Himself
Zjanna Klusjantseva Zjanna Klusjantseva ... Herself - Daughter
Robert Skotak Robert Skotak ... Himself
Valerij Suslov Valerij Suslov ... Himself - Executive Producer
Michail Tsadkin Michail Tsadkin ... Himself - Production Designer
Walter Cronkite ... Himself - CBS News, 1958 (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ole Lemmeke Ole Lemmeke ... Narrator (voice)
Grete Tulinius Grete Tulinius ... Narrator (voice)


About a visual wizard and a fantastic legacy of films which transformed and influenced the science fiction genre as we know it. The Russian filmmaker, Pavel Klusjantsev, has had an extraordinary influence on an entire genre of films. Throughout his career at the film studio in St. Petersburg, Klushantsev pioneered and invented legendary techniques for filming the planets, stars and weightnessless - long before anyone else. He went on to redefine the science fiction genre and influence the way Hollywood made their science fiction films, including the Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Master, Robert Skotak, a man who spent years trying to track Klushantsev down. This is a film about a fantastic inventor and dreamer whose destiny was intimately linked with the Space Race and the whims of the Soviet dictatorship. However, despite dying blind and penniless, Klushantsev has left an indelible mark on the history of film and inspired countless filmmakers. The Star Dreamer ensures that the ... Written by nathue

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English | Russian

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9 August 2002 (Denmark) See more »

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Avaruuden velho See more »

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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One Look for Man...
5 February 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I have been a long time admirer of this man, even before I saw his work.

I was in a lab, and knew someone who had an appreciation for the power of imagination. One of his examples was this fellow, Klushantsev. He was great in two dimensions. One was in the stagecraft, the visual trickery that made pretend things seem real on screen. But far deeper than that, it was his vision of the future that the effects were turned to illustrating. I don't know of any other instance where this was attempted, even unsuccessfully.

His visions were so striking, so attractive that essentially every space movie builds on his notions. Though his personal history is sad — he suffered under the stupid government — the history of his work is much better. That's because he happened to fall in the moment between two massive civilizations, each yearning for space. Their yearning adopted his vision.

A non-scientist, he may have been the most influential in science for decades. Why, I wonder?

Was it because the effects were convincing? Were they convincing because he simply saw how the visual logic of technology worked? Can one "see" how things must be? Can one man pull an entire universe, trillions of dollars? Can he create an ambition so grand that two superpowers cannot touch it? I recently heard someone make a big deal out of Tesla. I credit this man with more. Tesla merely invented real things, while this man saw inventions, and left the mere inventions to others. And yes, through this thing we call movies, which some believe to be mere entertainment.

I wish I had known him.

This documentary does some justice. But you cannot do enough justice until you see his actual work, and for that you need the actual films.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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