Ikarie XB1

Direction
Year 
1963
Country
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
Runtime
84min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

It is the second half of the 22nd century and a spaceship called Ikarie XB 1 is on its way to Alfa Centauri to search for extraterrestrial forms of life. Its crew, made up primarily of scientists from various fields, being far from our solar system, is exposed to unknown and unimaginable dangers. At the same time, the film also deals with a number of their everyday worries as well as their delights. The stylistically refined fictional world of a distant future is brought to life through Kališ ́s black and white shots in a wide screen format and Liška ́s innovative electronic music, as well as the iconic set pieces and costumes. In addition, the matter-of-fact performance style employed by the best Czech actors from the time add a natural feel while also providing additional psychological layer to it. The script writers drew some of their inspiration from a novel by Stanisław Lem called The Magellanic Cloud. It is also worth mentioning that they resisted the politicization that sci-fi films of that time were frequently subjected to which often made them fairly superficial. Instead of pitting two rival systems against one another, thus creating an obvious East versus West dichotomy, they portray the hope for a better, morally more advanced humankind in place of the “riff raff” of the 20th century, who did not leave anything but disasters in their wake.

The film was digitally restored in 2016.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Ikarie XB 1
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Pavel Juráček, Jindřich Polák
  • Cast
    Zdeněk Štěpánek, Radovan Lukavský, Dana Medřická, Miroslav Macháček, František Smolík, Jiří Vršťala a další
  • Cinematography
    Jan Kališ
  • Editing
    Josef Dobřichovský
  • Music
    Zdeněk Liška
  • Runtime
    84 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    1963
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
    • Slovakia
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
      • Národní filmový archiv
      • Malešická 12
      • 130 00 Praha 3
      • Czech Republic
      • web: http://www.nfa.cz/
      • tel: +420 271 770 500
      • fax: +420 271 770 501
      • e-mail: nfa@nfa.cz

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