2 mar 2010

You all know about utopian dimensions of Star Trek (1966). You are aware that it was the phenomenon that changed a condition of the American (and not only) media landscape. The first ever black officer (a woman!) working side by side with Russians and Asians. An American superhero, James T. Kirk, was surely the leading character but the show was nevertheless revolutionary. The producer, Gene Roddenberry, was determined to present as many breakthroughs as he could, he wanted to depict a world of harmonious and peaceful cooperation of human beings of all sexes and races. From the very beginning trekkers appreciated this utopian dimension of the show. Fans especially enjoyed it and were often not happy when Star Trek franchise was more conservative.

So, you know all of that. What you don’t know, however, is that socialist countries of the bipolar order of the Cold War were perhaps faster to screen this kind of utopian sci-fi productions. I have recently watched a film called Milcząca Gwiazda (First Spaceship on Venus) – a Polish-Eastern German production from 1960, based on a bestselling novel by Stanisław Lem – The Astronauts. My my – I couldn’t believe my eyes. Starship crew depicted in the movie reflects the spirit of communist internationalism. A German, a Pole, an American, a Japanese woman, a black man from Africa, a Chinese and a Hindu. That’s what I call a multinational, even multiracial crew! So, who was first to show peaceful and harmonious cooperation between humans in the future? ;-)

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