Himmelskibet (film)

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A Trip to Mars aka Himmelskibet advertisement 1920.jpg
Advertisement in Motion Picture News, 1920
Directed by Holger-Madsen
Written by Sophus Michaelis (the novel Himmelskibet)
adapted by Ole Olsen
Cinematography Frederik Fuglsang
Louis Larsen
Distributed by Nordisk Films Kompagni
Release dates
  • 22 February 1918 (1918-02-22)
Running time
81 minutes
Language Silent film
Danish intertitles

Himmelskibet, Excelsior / A Trip to Mars / Das Himmelschiff is a 1918 Danish film about a trip to Mars. In 2006, the film was restored and re-released on DVD by the Danish Film Institute.

Phil Hardy says it is "the film that marked the beginning of the space opera subgenre of science fiction," but notes that Denmark did not make another science fiction film until Reptilicus in 1962.[1]


  • Nils Asther... Martian citizen
  • Philip Bech ... Martian leader - wise man
  • Alf Blutecher ... Dr. Krafft, Avantis' friend
  • Frederik Jacobsen ... Professor Dubius
  • Lilly Jacobson ... Marya, Martian leader's daughter
  • Svend Kornbeck ... David Dane, American
  • Nicolai Neiiendam ... Professor Planetaros, astronomer
  • Alfred Osmund ... Martian priest
  • Zanny Petersen ... Corona, Avanti's sister
  • Gunnar Tolnæs ... Avanti Planetaros, sea captain

Production crew[edit]

  • Production Design by Carlo Jacobsen
  • Art Direction by Axel Bruun


  1. ^ Phil Hardy. The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction. New York: The Overlook Press, 1994, pp. 56-57

External links[edit]

Programme in Danish with pictures[edit]