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Woman in the Moon (1929)

Cast: Willy Fritsch, Klaus Pohl, Gerda Maurus, more...
Director: Fritz Lang
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Kino
Genre: Foreign, Science Fiction , Classic Sci-Fi, Germany, Silent, Silent Action, Classic Sci Fi/Fantasy, Classic Fantasy, Silent Action/Adventure
Running Time: 169 min.

One of the first major films to dwell upon the possibility of space travel, Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond) is, like many of its modern-day counterparts, more successful on a special-effects level than it is in terms of character development. The titular female, played by Gerda Maurus (one of the stars of Lang's 1928 classic Spies) joins an extraterrestrial expedition in search of gold on the moon. Among the many prescient aspects of the film is its use of a countdown before blast-off, and its depiction of the effects of centrifugal force upon the lunar passengers. Willy Ley, later a leading light of the US space program, served as technical adviser. Reportedly, Adolf Hitler was so overwhelmed by Woman in the Moon that he used the rocket depicted in the film as the prototype for the dreaded V1 and V2 assault missiles. Curiously unavailable during the "Sputnik fever" of the 1950s, Woman in the Moon rose back to the surface when it was excerpted in David Wolper's landmark 1960 TV documentary, The Race for Space. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

beautiful film by estherjane March 16, 2007 - 3:45 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
this movie is long, but i think if i had made it, i wouldn't be able to cut out a single frame. every scene is just beautiful. the first half features the most modern of moderne furniture that 1929 could provide. the special effects are actually really great, even considering the year it was made. oskar fischinger had a lot to do with that i'm sure. the lead has perfected the brooding stare so essential with early fritz lang. its both science fiction and a love story. a great, beautiful film.

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