Woman in the moon

Woman in the moon

DVD - 2016 | German
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An early silent film describing a journey by rocket ship to the moon. Rather than a flight of pure fantasy, director Fritz Lang conceived a modernized "trip to the Moon" grounded in state-of-the-art astrophysics & spiced with romance and espionage. One of the most influential science fiction films of its era, in many respects technically accurate.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Kino Lorber,, 2016
Branch Call Number: DVD Woma
PN1995.75 .W66 2004
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (169 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: Silent with musical score; German intertitles with optional English subtitles


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Jul 21, 2018

Though not discussed much that I've seen in North America. Many years ago there were private groups of people aiming to get to the moon or into space. They could foresee the possibility of business from mining, manufacturing, to colonization.

Germany did have a program approved by the government but run by a group of private individuals. They had moved to germany due to freedoms given to men and at the time women interested in sciences. Some of them joined together and tried to raise funds to build a ship. Which they did do but due to tensions from WWI and then later WWII the government censored discussion on the program in europe. Other than to call it a German rocket program. However the "rocket" program that was funded by the German government didn't involve the earlier group. A member of it might of been in the "rocket" program. But the original group moved location when threat of WWII came about as they didn't agree with the new policies Germany had developed. The result is much later space programs like NASA had pictures that raised comments by others about items on the moon. ESA didn't always discuss it as it was aware of the situation. NASA wasn't always aware in its mainstream group of even advanced aircraft tested by the US military that were high altitude or space. Some bosses at NASA may of known but other staff did not.

Most people in North America and a few other countries see this movie as fiction. But others that were in Germany and some parts of Europe at the time did talk about events that the movie is based on. Though it isn't discussed the moon has a thin atmosphere like Mars(which has atomic oxygen and other particulates and NASA as well as others ran tests). The moon though has levels of cosmic radiation and the atmosphere is like going up Mount Everest where the atmosphere exists. This is why they wear space suits. Space suits though are obviously needed outside the space station, for space walks, and in many environments as it is a atmospheric suit similar to divers. Which is why astronauts do water training.

I found the movie interesting and it reminded me of the old stories I'd heard.

Mar 13, 2018

Directed in 1929 by famed, German film-maker, Fritz Lang - This silent-era, SyFy story (with an unbelievable running time of nearly 3 hours - Phew!!) was, unfortunately, more sappy soap opera than it was anything else.

With the release of Lang's beloved "Metropolis" just 2 years earlier - I (like most viewers, I'm sure) was certainly expecting this offering to be a truly spectacular follow-up to said film - But, nope - "Woman In The Moon" just wasn't in the same innovative league as was its notable predecessor.

Yes. Visually speaking - There were some choice moments in this over-long story where it actually showed some promising potential - But, sorry to say - Any awesome visuals got themselves repeatedly set on the back-burner while irksome personal dramas became almost the entire focus of this decidedly tedious trip to the moon.

(*P.S.*) - Wait till you see the rocket-ship's laughable "state-of-the-art" control panel of 90 years ago. Believe me - It'll absolutely kill you.

Mar 05, 2014

German film titan Fritz Lang made "Metropolis," a sci-fi film whose groundbreaking design and social message are still influential. He only returned to the genre once for the more realistic "Woman in the Moon." The early parts have something of an espionage/crime bent that will be familiar to viewers of his "Mabuse" films, while the second half takes place on the moon. He strove for realism and was actually advised by scientists, but the moon has breathable air, Earth-like gravity, sand on the surface and bubbling pools. At close to 3 hours, it runs a little long and is slow in parts, but it's a must for fans of Lang and German silent films.


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