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Aelita, Queen of Mars ~ This one is a silent Russian science fiction film from 1924 that may have influenced Metropolis as much as it was in turn influenced by The Cabinet of Caligari. It has amazing and innovative sets for the time, and even today, some odd and impressionist enough to give Caligari a good run for its money. The costumes are intriguing as well, especially Aelita’s weird triangle pants. There is an overwhelming cast of characters, so vast it seems an awful chore for the filmmakers to include them all. The Martian scenes are more alluring than the Russian ones obviously. And other than the building of a spaceship in a night, it’s a highly plausible story.