The Noah's Ark Principle

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Das Arche Noah Prinzip
Das Arche Noah Prinzip.jpg
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Wolfgang Längsfeld
Hans Weth
Peter Zenk
Executive producer
Klaus Dittrich
Ulrich Limmer
Gabriele Walther
Written by Roland Emmerich
Starring Richy Müller
Franz Buchrieser
Music by Hubert Bartholomae
Cinematography Egon Werdin
Edited by Tomy Wigand
Distributed by Filmverlag der Autoren
Release date
February 22, 1984 (1984-02-22)
Running time
100 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German
Budget DEM 1,2 million

The Noah's Ark Principle (German: Das Arche Noah Prinzip) is a 1984 West German science fiction film written and directed by Roland Emmerich as his thesis at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF).

While his fellow students typically raised and spent 20,000 Deutsche Mark for their final work, Emmerich managed to collect a budget of 1,200,000 DM (around US$600,000).[citation needed]

This film, shot in color with mono sound, received a rating of 12 in West Germany, and was sold to 20 countries. It was submitted to the 34th Berlin International Film Festival[1] and received some acclaim[citation needed] for technical skill and special effects, but won no prizes.

Plot summary[edit]

The year is 1997, and World Peace seems to have come, with most classic weapons of mass destruction having been abandoned. However, orbiting the Earth there is the European/American space station FLORIDA ARKLAB, capable of controlling the weather at any location on the planet underneath. A civil project by nature, it might be abused as an offensive weapon, since it could deliver devastation to any potential adversary simply by creating natural disasters such as storms and floods. No wonder the space station soon becomes the central point in rising political tensions between East and West, next stop World War 3 (as indicated by the tagline "The end of our future has already begun"). We follow the main protagonist Billy Hayes, an astronaut aboard the station, as he wades through a plot of secrecy and sabotage trying to tell friend from foe in the process.



  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1984 Programme". Retrieved 2010-11-24. 

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