AELITA (Yakov Protazanov, 1924)

Just as I expected! It turns out that “the Red planet Mars” isn’t Red at all; it’s capitalistic. At least that’s the economic truth to be gleaned from the first Soviet science-fiction film, Aelita, about a Soviet expedition to Mars that results in uprising and revolution—workers of the galaxy, unite!—but also ends with a rededication […]