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
Description: 1 videodisc (169 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Woma
PN1995.75 .W66 2004

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Derringer
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.

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lukasevansherman
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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