The last silent film by Fritz Lang.
| Original Score: C+
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.
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.
In Lang's overlong but intriguing space oddity, the realities of flight clash with the reveries of the characters.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Magnificent science fiction epic.