Pavel Klushantsev  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Pavel Klushantsev (b. 25 February 1910 in Saint Petersburg, Russia - d. 1999) was a Russian film director .

His 1962 feature, Planeta Bur, was edited and expanded by Roger Corman for American distribution as Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965) by Curtis Harrington and as Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968) by Peter Bogdanovich. It is the original scenes which draw the most acclaim. A self-taught special effects engineer far ahead of his time, Klushantsev devised many effects and techniques used by major motion pictures for decades to come. He is especially noted for his meticulous design and creation of "John the Robot" featured in Planeta Bur, with over 42 points of articulation on its major body joints, one of the most technically complex robot costumes of its time.

A documentary on Klushantsev's life and achievements, aptly titled The Star Dreamer, was released in 2002 by Vesterholt Film and TV.

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