Frau im Mond (By Rocket to the Moon) (Woman in the Moon)
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Frau im Mond (By Rocket to the Moon) (Woman in the Moon)
One of the first major films to dwell upon the possibility of space travel, Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond) is, like many of its modern-day counterparts, more successful on a special-effects level than it is in terms of character development. The titular female, played by Gerda Maurus (one of the stars of Lang's 1928 classic Spies) joins an extraterrestrial expedition in search of gold on the moon. Among the many prescient aspects of the film is its use of a countdown before blast-off and its depiction of the effects of centrifugal force upon the lunar passengers. Willy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fritz Lang's last silent film is nothing special, looking more like the work of Lang's wife and screenwriter (and Nazi-to-be) Thea von Harbou."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Magnificent science fiction epic."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"As opposed to the furious ellipsis of Spies, the launchpad countdown does not arrive until after the midway point, Lang's intro leisurely laying in human detail to contrast with the sense of dwarfing technology to follow."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The last silent film by Fritz Lang."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In Lang's overlong but intriguing space oddity, the realities of flight clash with the reveries of the characters."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4