Seven Steps Beyond the Horizon / Sim krokiv za obrii
Ukrainian SSR, Kyivnaukfilm
One of the most famous popular science films, which became a real sensation of Soviet film distribution. The film explores the limits of the human brain, creative and sensory abilities, demonstrating it with real examples and experiments that were conducted directly in front of the movie camera.
This is how the phenomenon counter Ivan Shelushkov appears in the film, which could name the root of various powers of multi-digit numbers. Borys Drozhin is a person who allegedly possessed telepathic and sensory abilities. Grandmaster, world chess champion Mykhailo Tal, who in the film gives a session of simultaneous play on ten boards blindly. Hypnotist Volodymyr Raykov, who uses hypnosis to “release” potential opportunities in experiment participants.
Demonstration of this in cinemas was an unprecedented event at that time. As in general, the entire cinematography of Felix Sobolev – a man who managed to turn a not particularly prestigious popular science film into true cinematic art that aroused admiration. It is not surprising that Sobolev’s films were immediately noticed in Europe. They were shown at dozens of prestigious film festivals, which made the director a legend of popular science cinema during his lifetime.