On the Silver Globe (new Polish DCP restoration)

Restoration courtesy of the Polish Cultural Institute New York

A three-hour spaceman journey straight into the center of Andrzej Zulawski’s poetic heart, On the Silver Globe is the director’s most phantasmagorical film. In 1976, Zulawski embarked on the largest-scale film production in Polish history, and over the course of two intense years, executed an eye-popping, grandiloquent sci-fi epic concerning astronauts who crash-land on the moon and kickstart their own bizarre, primitive society. Sadly, the Polish government deemed the film subversive, shut the production down just before shooting was completed, and destroyed its film print materials, sets, and impossibly lush costumes. Ten years later, using secret footage, Zulawski was able to piece together a version of the film that came as close as possible to his original vision — and the results will defy your mind, as even in its reconstituted form, On the Silver Globe is a true brainquake that effortlessly takes you to dizzying heights, and just keeps on elevating.

Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1977/1988, DCP, 166 min.

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