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 Posted:   Oct 24, 2020 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Just happened upon two recent films with the USSR's space program as their backdrop. I haven't seen them yet. I don't think either of them is on R1 DVD or Blu.

Both films look visually appealing and are of a subject that deserves to be better known.

The Space Walker



https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6673840/

Salyut 7



https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6537238/

Comrades, have any of you seen these films? What did you think of them?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2020 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've seen THE SPACE WALKER (aka SPACEWALK aka THE AGE OF PIONEERS) from 2017. It was a disappointment, I'm afraid. If you're expecting a Russian version of THE RIGHT STUFF or APOLLO 13 or whatever, you'll be disappointed. Long and dreary and boring, with overwrought performances. I think I had to see it in two sessions just to get through it.

Not seen that other one you mention, though.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2020 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Wow, this looks amazing! I'll watch this on my next day off. Unless I'm mixing up space history this was a disastrous mission. One Cosmonauts spacesuit inflated once he went outside for a spacewalk. He was so bloated he couldn't fit back into the airlock. On the return home they landed many miles off course into the middle of the frigid wilderness with no easy access by vehicle or even helicopter. It took days for the Russians to reach them by foot.

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Wow, this looks amazing! I'll watch this on my next day off. Unless I'm mixing up space history this was a disastrous mission. One Cosmonauts spacesuit inflated once he went outside for a spacewalk. He was so bloated he couldn't fit back into the airlock. On the return home they landed many miles off course into the middle of the frigid wilderness with no easy access by vehicle or even helicopter. It took days for the Russians to reach them by foot.

That would be none other than Alexei Leonov. Apparently, he had to bleed his 'bloated' spacesuit of air to be able to squeeze back into the airlock. It shows that his environment suit was well made for it to have been flexible enough to deal with such levels of on-the-spot stress testing.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

That would be none other than Alexei Leonov. Apparently, he had to bleed his 'bloated' spacesuit of air to be able to squeeze back into the airlock. It shows that his environment suit was well made for it to have been flexible enough to deal with such levels of on-the-spot stress testing.

According to the film, it also had something to do with going into the airlock either head or feet first (if memory serves). Probably the only exciting sequence in the whole dreary film (which, btw, is VERY low on actual space action, in case you expected that).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

The Russians have been on the moon. This could be an interesting film or audiobook:



D.S.

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

According to the film, it also had something to do with going into the airlock either head or feet first (if memory serves). Probably the only exciting sequence in the whole dreary film (which, btw, is VERY low on actual space action, in case you expected that).

Considering the airlock aperture looks to have been washing machine sized, head-first or feet-first would be the only option. It reminds me of Leia's comment during the cell detention rescue: "when you came in didn't you have a plan for getting out?"; except, in reverse. And, oh yeah, someone somewhere has to be the brains behind every half-cocked idea - good or bad. The funny thing is, the astronauts, who can sometimes appear to be the monkeys in the experiment are always the ones to HAVE TO find real-time solutions to unexpected life and death situations as and when they crop up, they themselves having volunteered to be the piggy-in-the-middle. Whether or not that leaves them enlightened to any great extent after the event is something only they really know.

It hinges on whether or not you think that what goes up must come down is a glass half-full or glass half-empty thingy. If Leonov had not been able to get back into the capsule through the airlock, I wonder what his final thoughts on that matter might have been? It's not the first time a 'Mae West' situation has caused problems. I refer to Jim Lovell's first problem on the way to the Moon, not the second although the latter does tend to take the lion's share of the biscuit.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Considering the airlock aperture looks to have been washing machine sized, head-first or feet-first would be the only option.

Yes, but it was something feet-first being the proper option, but something happens that makes him go head-first instead. This is relatively early in the movie, before everything gets bogged down on earth, btw.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I feel terrible for the dog. Did he die?

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 9:52 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Soviet era dogs were trained to chase their tails in very big circles.

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I feel terrible for the dog. Did he die?

I originally read died from lack of oxygen. I recently heard killed on the accent, so maybe the capsule decompressed. As someone who loves dogs it guts me.

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 10:37 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Another tragic story- Vladimir Komarov was Doomed to Die on Soyuz 1.




 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 10:44 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

Looks like every country in the world can do great digital FX now.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2020 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2020 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

LC, even if the the above imagery is OT, it appeals to me in an infinite number of ways.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2020 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Found another one:

Gagarin: First in Space (2013)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2856930/reference

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2020 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

LC, even if the the above imagery is OT, it appeals to me in an infinite number of ways.

Can't help but agree with this. And she looks like my favourite martian.....

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2020 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Found another one:

Gagarin: First in Space (2013)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2856930/reference


I haven't seen the film, but George Kallis' score was one of my favourites that year. Well worth checking out.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2020 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Gagarin: First in Space (2013)

Two trailers for your enjoyment, comrades:



 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2020 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

LC, even if the the above imagery is OT, it appeals to me in an infinite number of ways.

Can't help but agree with this. And she looks like my favourite martian.....


I figured they had Vodka commercials during the intermission and this was a still image for the magazine ad.

 
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