On the Silver Globe / by Steve Yohanan

Movie still from On the Silver Globe (credit filmlinc.org)

Movie still from On the Silver Globe (credit filmlinc.org)

Last night I caught Andrzej Żuławski's sci-fi epic On the Silver Globe (1988) on its final night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

I felt as if I was watching a haunting mashup of Tarkovsky's Stalker and Solaris; Aleksei German’s Hard to be a God; just about any Jodorowsky film; a smidgen of Kubrik's 2001; Cronenberg's Naked Lunch.  Though On the Silver Globe was produced contemporaneously with the primary films of George Lucas's Star Wars or George Miller's Mad Max, it is not hard to imagine that these franchises were subsequently influenced.

On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie) Trailer

On the Silver Globe is not a movie for the faint of heart — especially given that it clocks in at 166 min.  For those though who seek unique cinematic experiences, the (digitally remastered) film will leave an indelible mark.

The storied history of the film's fractured production is discussed in MUBI's Notebook post: Power and Resistance: Andrzej Żuławski’s "On the Silver Globe".