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Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women

"Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women" (1968) is the second of two reworkings of "Planeta Bur," a Soviet sci-fi film from 1959. The first was the similarly titled, "Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet" (1962) assembled by director Curtis Harrington for producer Roger Corman.
"Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women" was confabulated by Peter Bogdanovich using the pseudonym, Derek Thomas. Working under the dictum that American International would buy "Planet" if it had some women in it, he inserted new footage featuring Mamie Van Doren, a bevy of nubile cuties in white hot pants, and additional scenes from the Americanized version of another Soviet film, "Nebo Zovet," ("The Heavens Beckon") from 1962.
This film has been knocking around for years in a horribly faded version. I've attempted to upgrade it by reconstructing it from the best publicly available sources.
First of all, I need to disavow the bizarre story that Pathecolor was some sort of tinting process. Pathecolor was a variant of Eastmancolor (Kodak), and was capable of stunning color. The stylish Poe adaptions by Roger Corman come to mind. Unfortunately, Eastmancolor has proven to be quite unstable over the years, losing density in its yellow and cyan layers until nothing exists but a washed out magenta. The 16mm print used for the generally available transfer, is a prime example of color fading, and of a misguided attempt to equalize its color by adding cyan.
The original "Planeta Bur" was probably filmed in Sovcolor (really Agfacolor from the World War II era). Though not capable of the range, subtlety or consistency of Eastmancolor, it did have a pleasing and vibrant color pallet of its own.
So here is a by no means perfect, but hopefully, much better presentation of "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women."
Thanx and a tip o' the hat to Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, Pavel Klushantsev, Mamie Van Doren, Filmgroup (for not copyrighting it!) and Robot John.



Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film is an adapted version of Curtis Harrington's Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, which in turn is adapted from the Russian 1962 feature Planeta Bur by Pavel Klushantsev. No footage from Planeta Bur appears in Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women that did not appear in Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, and the dubbing is the same.<></> In the United States, this film is in the public domain.

Plot

Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous creatures and almost meet sexy Venusian women. The astronauts kill a creature that is worshiped by the Venusian women who then attempt to use their powers of nature to kill the astronauts but fail. At last, the astronauts leave the planet and their robot that was burnt by the volcano fire is placed as a god by the Venusian women who have already destroyed the statue of their previous god (a bird).

Cast

  • Mamie Van Doren as Moana
  • Mary Marr as Verba
  • Paige Lee as Twyla
  • Gennadi Vernov as Astronaut Andre Freneau
  • Margot Hartman as Mayaway
  • Irene Orton as Meriama
  • Pam Helton as Wearie
  • Frankie Smith as Woman of Venus

Production

The movie was known as Gill Men at one stage. It was the last film made by the Filmgroup company. His then-wife Polly Platt] worked on the film as a production designer.

See also




  • Category:1968 films
    Category:1960s adventure films
    Category:1960s science fiction films
    Category:American adventure films
    Category:American independent films
    Category:American International Pictures films
    Category:American science fiction films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Exploitation films
    Category:Films directed by Peter Bogdanovich
    Category:Plagiarism controversies
    Category:Films set in prehistory
    Category:Prehistoric people in popular culture
    Category:Space adventure films
    Category:Venus in film
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