What It’s About: After receiving radio signals from the Aelita, the Queen of Mars (Yuliya Solntseva), engineer Los (Nikolai Tseretli) builds a spaceship and journeys to Mars, where he finds an oppressive monarchy oppressing the working classes.
Why Watch it Today?: The second Soviet Mars orbiter, Mars-3, arrived in Mars orbit on this date in 1971 (just 5 days after it’s predecessor Mars-2). Mars-3 launched the first probe to land on Mars. Aelita is more of a Soviet propaganda film and domestic drama (2/3rds of the film are spent on Earth) than a sci-fi film, but the low-tech effects, costumes, and sets are charming.
No trailer, but a clip accompanied by a rather manic soundtrack: