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Frau im Mond (By Rocket to the Moon) (Woman in the Moon)

Frau im Mond (By Rocket to the Moon) (Woman in the Moon) (1929)

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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

Nov 9, 2004

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Fritz Lang's last silent film is nothing special, looking more like the work of Lang's wife and screenwriter (and Nazi-to-be) Thea von Harbou.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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As opposed to the furious ellipsis of Spies, the launchpad countdown does not arrive until after the midway point, Lang's intro leisurely laying in human detail to contrast with the sense of dwarfing technology to follow.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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In Lang's overlong but intriguing space oddity, the realities of flight clash with the reveries of the characters.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Magnificent science fiction epic.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

The last silent film by Fritz Lang.

March 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mirroring the director's own passions for fantasy literature, Gustav's youthful optimism disproves the too-superficial reading of Lang as a monocled, perfectionist tyrant.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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In the early days of rocket research and development, Fritz Lang with his then wife Thea von Harbou adapted her novel for the screen. It is not quite as full of stylistic touches as Metropolis, but this vision of future space travel is fairly plausible. The rocket launch, in particular, shows real consideration for the steps involved in future manned space flights. However, the story is pure fiction when it comes to why people would want to explore the moon. It is theorized by some that the moon could be the location of another Gold Rush. The plot involves a lot more melodrama than science fiction. Wolf Helius (Fritsch) is our main hero/space adventurer. He works with the discredited Professor Manfeldt (Pohl). There's a love triangle between Helius and his assistants Hans (Wangenheim) and Friede (Maurus), who are engaged to be married despite Helius and Friede secretly having unexplored feelings. Fritz Rasp, who was also a mysterious figure in Metropolis, plays an American man who goes by the name Walter Turner. The evil Turner blackmails Helius into moving forward with a mission to the moon. Later, a young stowaway is discovered on the rocket ship too. Will the professor be proven right about gold on the moon? Will Turner's scheme be successful? And will Helius or Hans end up with the beautiful and adventurous Friede??
February 20, 2014
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[font=Century Gothic]"Woman in the Moon" is a silent movie directed by Fritz Lang. Professor Manfeldt was once a respected professor with a wall full of degrees but he was disgraced thirty years before for suggesting that there was gold in the mountains of the moon and now lives in poverty.(I always thought there was green cheese, myself.) Manfeldt gives his friend, Helius, his manuscript that contains valuable information on interplanetary travel that a dubious character by the name of Turner was just trying to buy from him.(Capitalist scum wants to stop exploration to the moon since they want to keep all the gold to themselves.) Helius is trying to launch a mission to the moon himself but he has larger problems - like his lady love just getting engaged to his partner. [/font][font=Century Gothic][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Woman in the Moon" is a very inventive and entertaining movie with a better sense of adventure than the recent "Fantastic Four" movie but it is too long and spends too much time on a romantic subplot. The technology might be out-dated(although they get the multi-staged rocket, right) but it all looks very impressive nonetheless. [/font]
August 18, 2005
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