Woman in the Moon

Woman in the Moon

Willy Fritsch
Director: Fritz Lang Cast: Willy Fritsch
Willy Fritsch
, Klaus Pohl
Klaus Pohl
, Gerda Maurus
Gerda Maurus
Fritz Lang


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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 Ley, later a leading light of the U.S. space program, served as technical adviser. Reportedly, Adolf Hitler was so overwhelmed by Woman in the Moon that he used the rocket depicted in the film as the prototype for the dreaded V1 and V2 assault missiles. Curiously unavailable during the "Sputnik fever" of the 1950s, Woman in the Moon rose back to the surface when it was excerpted in David Wolper's landmark 1960 TV documentary, The Race for Space.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2016
UPC: 0738329203351
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:49:00
Sales rank: 50,912

Special Features

2K digital restoration by the F.W. Murnau Stiftung; Piano score by Javier Pérez de Azpeitia; "Woman in the Moon: The First Scientific Science Fiction Film, a documentary on the making of the film (14 Min.)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Willy Fritsch Prof. Helius
Klaus Pohl Georg Mansfeldt
Gerda Maurus Frieda Venton
Fritz Rasp Walt Turner
Heinrich Gotho Actor
Margarete Kupfer Actor
Gustav VonWangenheim Hans WIndegger
Tilla Durieux Actor

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Curt Courant Cinematographer
Oskar Fischinger Cinematographer,Special Effects
Thea von Harbou Screenwriter
Emile Hasler Art Director
Otto Hunte Art Director
Otto Kanturek Cinematographer
Willy Schmidt-Gentner Score Composer
Konstantin Tschetwerikoff Cinematographer
Karl Vollbrecht Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Woman in the Moon
1. Chapter 1 [26:15]
2. Chapter 2 [18:29]
3. Chapter 3 [16:41]
4. Chapter 4 [14:58]
5. Chapter 5 [13:51]
6. Chapter 6 [2:00]
7. Chapter 7 [22:29]
8. Chapter 8 [29:31]
9. Chapter 9 [25:14]
10. Chapter 10 [:00]

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