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Woman in the Moon (1929)

Frau im Mond (original title)
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Pohl ...
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Gustav von Wangenheim ...
Ingenieur Hans Windegger (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)
Gerda Maurus ...
Gustl Gstettenbaur ...
Gustav (as Gustl Stark-Gstettenbaur)
Fritz Rasp ...
Der Mann
Tilla Durieux ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Hermann Vallentin ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Max Zilzer ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Mahmud Terja Bey ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Borwin Walth ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Karl Platen ...
Der Mann am Mikrophon
Die Maus Josephine ...
Mouse
Margarete Kupfer ...
Frau Hippolt, Haushälterin bei Helius
Alexa von Porembsky ...
Eine Veilchenverkäuferin (as Alexa v. Porembska)
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A scientist discovers that there's gold on the moon, he builds a rocket to fly there, but there's too much rivalry among the crew to have a sucessful expedition. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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6 February 1931 (USA)  »

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This film shows the first countdown to launch of a rocket. Not just the first one in a movie, but the first ever: it was invented as a dramatic device for the movie. Also depicted for the first time are the use of liquid rocket fuel, a rocket with two stages, and zero gravity in space. See more »

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The inter-title dialog refers to rocket ship H23, yet the photo and subsequent references are to rocket ship H32 See more »

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Wolf Helius: If you should fall down those stairs again, I will not be there to catch you.
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Edited into Zaum - Andare a parare: Lo spazio dell'orbita (2011) See more »

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Heimlich singt für uns die Liebe
Music by Willy Schmidt-Gentner
Lyrics by Fritz Rotter & Andre Mauprey
Sung by Gerda Maurus and Willy Fritsch
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A Pleasant Little Surprise
17 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the coolest things for any silent film buff is to discover a film that they hadn't heard of or known too much about. That's the case with Fritz Lang's restored "Woman in the Moon", in the 2004 KINO DVD release, in which the print quality is excellent and a new piano/synthesizer score has been added. As has been cited by many others here, the pacing of much of the picture is slow and the acting is occasionally melodramatic, but as was occurring with most movies in the latter days of the silents, the acting techniques were moving form the broad stage performances of early film to more controlled and realistic portrayals and most of the actors were of the latter group. In addition to the surprisingly realistic portrayal of many aspects of what would become space flight, it is interesting that the space (science fiction) aspect is not the focus of the movie. The movie deals primarily with six characters and the tensions caused by greed, love, scientific curiosity and boyish hero worship. The fact that they are making a trip to the moon to verify a theory that gold might be mined there is just the vehicle of the story. And the story itself is pretty decent, especially if you have the patience to let the movie tell it. And even though I am a fairly jaded film buff, I found myself genuinely startled and surprised at least twice by plot turns.

I love it when that happens.

Be patient. Its 169 minutes, but I think it is worth it.


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