A landmark in Eastern European science fiction, the cool, modernist Ikarie XB-1 won several international awards for its clinically intellectual approach to the genre, an approach that seemingly cleared the way for such future works as Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Jurácek’s prescient script involves themes that would later appear in other classics of the genre: the dehumanizing chill of space travel (2001), for instance, or the discovery of a ship of the dead and the horror that awaits therein (Alien). Ikarie XB-1 follows the crew of a spaceship as they contact an abandoned craft, then go slowly, steadily insane. The black-and-white ‘Scope photography creates a sense of cold, claustrophobic madness, prowling through the film’s architectural sets as if looking for something, anything, life-like, yet disturbingly finding only steel. The film was purchased by Roger Corman’s American International Pictures, where it was chopped up, dubbed, and rereleased to some cult success as Voyage to the End of the Universe. —Jason Sanders, BAM/PFA
Jindřich Polák (5 May 1925 – 22 August 2003) was a Czech film and television director. He is known for his science fiction productions, but worked in many different genres. —Wikipedia
A WONDERFUL representation of early sci-fi, with a very unique, realistic story, great visuals heightened by wonderful cinematography, a compelling soundtrack, and a KILLER ending. Each character gets an adequate amount of development as well. This may have been made on a budget, but this is not what I consider a B-movie. A must watch! Enjoy!
Great character driven sci-fi piece. Special effects are much better than those of the cheaply made American B pictures, but still, I really like those too. Good stuff.