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

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Super Reviewer
September 27, 2013
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??
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ August 18, 2005
[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]
½ February 14, 2010
Although it pales in comparison with Fritz Lang?s earlier Metropolis, this film is fascinating and amazingly ahead of it?s time. What imagination! The cinematography is excellent. It is a bit slow moving in some areas. It is impressive,
September 5, 2009
A scientist claims the moon is full of gold, but his contemporaries think he's nuts. He plans his trip to the moon only to be blackmailed by some evil men who send a representative with him. Because of the new found wealth, fights break out on the moon causing a couple deaths and damage to the rocket. Not all can return because of damage to the oxygen tanks. Sounds better than it is - mostly just a boring drama despite the location and sci-fi (at the time at least) technology.
April 25, 2008
Lang used real German rocket scientists to add details of realism that you won't see much in sci-fi films for another 30 years.
June 18, 2013
My Favorite Science Fiction Film Is 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
May 31, 2013
I never thought that I would be able to sit through an almost three hour silent movie, but I did and I loved it. The first half of the movie has lots of intrigue over stolen plans for the flight. When we get the the actual flight, we have an actual countdown to blastoff. The special effects are good for its time. I recommend this movie.
February 14, 2010
Although it pales in comparison with Fritz Lang's earlier Metropolis, this film is fascinating and amazingly ahead of it's time. What imagination! The cinematography is excellent. It is a bit slow moving in some areas. It is impressive,
November 22, 2009
A Masterpiece of Science Fiction directed by Fritz Lang and written by Thea von Harbou a grandious Story about a mixed Crew which fly with a Rocket to the Moon 40 Years before People fly for real to the Moon it's that beautiful and suspensive Movie that the nearly 3 Hours fly away like nothing it's a really visionary and ahead of the Times Masterpiece that influecend the Science-Fiction Movie and also the Rocket Science it strengthed Werner von Braun's Vision from flying to the Moon he was laughed for his Ideas just like the Old Scientist in the Movie at the Beginning but prove everybody that is right the young enthuiastic Rocket Fabricant and the Old Scientist and the bright Boy remind all of Werner von Braun in 3 different Ages while the Love of his Life bring a revolutionary Gender Equality and her Love Triangle to Helius and her Husband a Piece of Melodramatic in the Movie the Evilness is also present with the greedy American Gangster who's only Reason to fly with them is only because of Extortion and for Gold which is a Critic on Anglo-Saxon Capitalism and the coward Husband of Helius Love who is a Parable for Conservatism is just Gutlessness and the Fear of Changes and the Rocket Start Scene is one of the incrediblest and suspensful Scenes in the Movie History also a great Soundtrack which is perfect for that Movie, great Acting from all Actors, a brilliant Story from the one and only Thea von Harbou and of course a grandious Directing from the Master Fritz Lang the Movie has the Message always satisfy your Dreams, never give them up and seek for bigger Things
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ August 18, 2005
[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]
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