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

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February 20, 2014
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??
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.
½ February 1, 2013
Lang turns what could've been a run-of-the-mill "from the Earth to the moon" adventure (or the type that became so popular among SF filmmakers in the 50s) into something super intense. The sets are grandiose, the special effects are great (contains some of the best weightlessness scenes you'll encounter until Kubrick's 2001) and yup, I teared up a little at the end. I'd just dock it points for the overly long and kind of convoluted setup.
½ May 26, 2011
The ideas are great...it's the exposition that gets in the way.
½ October 28, 2010
In Silent Movies, No-one Can Here You Scream. Woof, that was a marathon. But there is great value there for anyone who enjoys watching the creation of film. Fritz is on visionary form here and produces a great picture about exploration, obsession and (all be it fairly comfortable) evil. Amazingly, at close to 3 hours, the ending feels a bit rushed.
½ August 10, 2010
An interesting take on spaceflight. Curious how much they got right about the launch but missed on other details. The rocket rollout from the hanger was so similar to the actual Apollo rollouts of the Saturn V. It was funny on the moon even tho it was 1929, the rocket didn't have a radio for communication to Earth. And they used a superstious Diving Rod to locate water! Lang could've seriously cut 30 to 45 minutes out of the beginning as the melodrama got extremely repetitive.
June 9, 2010
"La femme sur la Lune" est le dernier film muet de Fritz Lang. Un film o√Ļ il dut se battre pour le garder muet, car le succ√®s du cin√©ma parlant est d√©j√† l√† quand le film sortira, la UFA voulait le rendre sonore artificiellement.
Apr√®s le succ√®s des "Espions", malgr√© des coupes budg√©taires drastiques dut aux d√©passements budg√©taires de "M√©tropolis", Fritz Lang b√©n√©ficie √† nouveau d'un budget plus cons√©quent pour ce film d'ex-science-fiction, qui reprend une des fins envisag√©e √† l'√©poque pour "M√©tropolis". Fritz Lang ne voulait pas d'un film fantaisiste ou utopique et tout comme Kubrick le fera avec "2001, odyss√©e de l'espace", il s'entoura d'√©minants scientifiques de l'√©poque pour la cr√©dibilit√© du voyage spaciale, dont principalement Hermann Oberth qui travaillera aux missiles V2, puis √† la NASA (Hitler classa le film secret d'√©tat lors du programme des V2). La UFA lui confia m√™me la t√Ęche de fabriquer une vraie fus√©e pour la premi√®re du film, mais ses connaissances de l'√©poque √©taient encore trop limit√©s et apr√®s quelques √©checs, le studio abandonna le projet.
Toujours est-il que respectants les plans et les conseils de ceux-ci, les
décorateurs du film établirent une référence mondiale en matière de fusée, et jusqu'aux débuts des programmes spaciaux russes et américains, tous le monde copiera la fusée de Fritz Lang (dont la célèbre fusée d'Hergé).
Autre innovation plus surprennante, le film marque l'invention du compte à rebours. Les futurs agences spaciales gardèrent l'idée lorsqu'ils lancèrent leurs premières fusées.
Mais face à ce souci de crédibilité, Fritz Lang se laisse aller à son
défaut majeur: un montage beaucoup trop long (2h45!) pour un scénario qui n'en méritait pas autant.
½ April 13, 2010
Le plus faible des films de Fritz lang, subjectivement parlant. Le r√©cit tra√ģne trop en longueur et le propos na√ģf dessert l'ensemble. De belles trouvailles po√©tiques et visionnaires pars√®ment cependant cette derni√®re oeuvre muette et monumentale du grand cin√©aste Allemand.
½ April 6, 2010
Another pretty good Fritz Lang film. Not nearly as good as Metropolis, though.
½ April 3, 2010
Fritz Lang + Sci-Fi epic = masterpiece
March 28, 2010
Una película increible para la época en la que fue filmada.
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,
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,
½ December 27, 2009
"Never" does not exist for the human mind... only "Not yet". The ingenious scientist, visionary bussinesman and bad corporations. All thatl with bit of sense of humour. I liked the beginnig very much but the rest wasn't so good. Certainly notthe best Lang's movie I've seen. Still worth seeing, esspecialy by sci-fi fans.
½ December 20, 2009
Fritz Lang made this silent science fiction film 80 years ago. It has some spectacular special effects and the look into the future of space travel is fascinating, but I found the film too long and watched it over two evenings.
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
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.
September 1, 2009
Very good silent movie...Fritz Lang's last. Pretty good special effects for 1929.
July 7, 2009
This is probably the first real sci-fi epic. This film has some great technical achievements in miniatures, mechanical effects and production design. The story is somewhat slow-moving and some of the science is laughable, but this film sets up many popular devices that would be used in sci-fi films throughout the 20th century.
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