Camp space spoof breaksGerman box-office records
4 August 2004 , MUNICH – A camp space spoof "Traumschiff Surprise - Periode 1" (Starship Surprise - Period 1) has set an astounding all-time record opening for a made-in-Germany production drawing 2.1 million cinema-goers on its opening weekend.
4 August 2004
MUNICH – A camp space spoof "Traumschiff Surprise - Periode 1" (Starship Surprise - Period 1) has set an astounding all-time record opening for a made-in-Germany production drawing 2.1 million cinema-goers on its opening weekend.
Confident of the success of the film parody, the distributor Constantin Film released Period 1 with a record 900 prints, hoping to top the one million mark over the weekend with more than 4,000 invited guests attended last month's gala premiere in Munich.
The movie is now neck and neck with the two Harry Potter films for the biggest opening weekend figures of all time in this country. The movie also racked up record openings in Austria and Switzerland.
In the first week, the movie drew 3.4 million filmgoers, on its way toward becoming the most successful German film production of all time.
Set in the year 2304, Period 1 lampoons every space opera, from Star Trek and Star Wars to Stargate and Battlestar Galactica.
Besides the usual merchandising of T-shirts and baseball caps, on sale are pricey bracelets, chokers and earrings modelled on costume jewellery worn by the female lead in the movie.
The soundtrack songs and soundbites are available in recordings. In book form, the screenplay to the film is on hand as well as a computer space game.
Some members of Munich's gay community were not amused. They took umbrage against the effeminate gestures and body language of the three leading roles, Captain Kork, Mr. Spuck, and Schrotty, obviously portraying them as homosexuals, and very much unlike the original manly heroes, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Engineer Scotty, of the Starship Enterprise.
Subject: German news