Woman in the Moon (1929)
Director: Fritz Lang
|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.|
Editor's NoteFritz Lang (METROPOLIS, M. THE BIG HEAT) used a scenario by his then wife Thea von Harbou about a trip to the moon to continue his early investigations into science and technology. When scientist Manfeldt finally gets the chance to go to the moon and prove his theory of the existence of lunar gold deposits, he is disappointed to discover that he must travel with various strangers. They include Frieda and Hans--a newly wed couple, a scheming financier named Turner, Wolf Helius--the engineer in charge of the expedition, and Gustav--a young castaway. When the crew actually discovers gold in the lunar caverns, the greedy Turner faces off against the bewildered professor, and violence ensues. Fritz Lang focused much of his attention on creating the rocket launch as well as the lunar landscapes in keeping with his many scientific advisors' advice. The resulting film offers many images and artifacts that would prove to be extremely accurate when space travel became a reality. The human struggles with greed, jealousy and idealism are played out against a stunning backdrop of rockets and white lunar landscapes, and the tender moments between the protagonists are some of the most touching in any of Lang's oeuvre.
Cast & Crew
|Fritz Lang - Director|
Plot SummaryWOMAN IN THE MOON begins with Professor Manfeldt hypothesizing the existence of gold deposits on the moon. Many years later, an expedition to the moon is organized and the professor is among those sent on the journey. Traveling with him are newly wed science students Frieda and Hans, Turner--a representative of the financing company, Helius--a master engineer, and Gustav--a young castaway. As the rocket careens towards the moon, tensions mount as Frieda and Helius begin a forbidden attraction and the rocket crashes. When the crew discovers gold, violent clashes ensue, leaving several dead and the survivors with limited oxygen and conflicting loyalties.A prescient silent film about a fanstastical trip to the moon.