A slice of Soviet-era sci-fi cinema: “Planet Bur” (1962) is three movies in one…

Soviet Sci-Fi Cinema. Russia’s Soviet era (1917-1991) was a difficult time, especially for artists, who worked under heavy state censorship.  Many artists during this time were stifled, fined, imprisoned or even executed for daring to challenge the Soviet status quo through their works.  That said, Soviet-era science fiction cinema still managed to produce some truly…

Retro-Musings: 1966’s “Queen of Blood” shares plenty of hemoglobin with “ALIEN”…

In the 1960s,  legendary guerrilla-filmmaking producer Roger Corman (whose protégés would include Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Jonathan Demme, Gale Ann Hurd and James Cameron) imported several high-end Soviet-era science fiction movies, which he recut using American-shot scenes, actors and English-language dubbing.  This was a practice similar to what was done to Ishiro Honda’s 1954 atomic-bomb allegory…