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221 Ratings

Woman in the Moon

Frau im Mond

Directed by Fritz Lang
Germany, 1929
Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy


In this, Lang’s final silent epic, the legendary filmmaker spins a tale involving a wicked cartel of spies who co-opt an experimental mission to the moon in the hope of plundering the satellite’s vast (and highly theoretical) stores of gold.

Woman in the Moon Directed by Fritz Lang

Critics reviews

With Woman in the Moon, which was to be Lang’s last fully silent feature, there’s an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sensibility at work, where each weapon heretofore seen in the director’s narratological arsenal is proudly, if excessively, on display.
February 26, 2016
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  • Ethan's rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    Fritz Lang was a master craftsman of the cinema and from his silent epics to his Hollywood noir, Lang would set the tone for modern cinema. His final silent masterpiece is no exception, with it's stunning visuals and compelling action, he would continue to mold the foundation of science fiction filmmaking, much like he did with Metropolis. A true auteur who took the cinema to unimaginable heights.

  • João Eça's rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    Lang, the great pessimist and the great romantic. Death and love always go hand to hand in his work and it's no wonder that in a scenario of utter void and loneliness (the moon) the left for dead protagonist (after chaos hits the group of astronauts - and groups always stand for fascism in Lang) finds after all that his object of desire - a woman - has stayed with him. Eros meets Tanatos, the woman meets the moon.

  • Checkpoint Charlie's rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    What follows a pretty engrossing and intriguing first half kind of devolves into a second half that leaves one in disbelief at the amout of logic thrown to the wind, and I'm not talking about the travel to and exploration of the moon - that sense of fantasy can be digested, granted the time from which the film came - but rather the emotional and psychological dynamics amid the characters, really leaves one at a loss.

  • Amadeus Magnus's rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    This film is often cited as the first occurrence of the "countdown to zero" before a rocket launch (Wikipedia). IMHO this may be the very first film that uses the cliche of showing the woman leaving bus or plane that she was meant to board just in the next scene.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    200 minutes that pass like the wind. Fritz Lang doesn't use travellings but he sure does know how to fill the frame of his shots. I particularly liked the man who manages to change his face thanks to an ultra quick massage/movement (maybe an allusion to Hitler and his double face, I don't know) and the golf trousers of the heroin ready to embark to the moon. Highly recommended.

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    [W/live score by Jeff Mills] The first (and best) space exploration movie focusses on beautifully human moments. What about the unrealistic science? A woman behind me whispered, "But how do they land?" Her husband's reply? "It doesn't matter. This is more important." He, and the film, argues that the humanity is more important than the technology, a lesson films like First Man could stand to learn. An underrated gem.

  • pepoire's rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    Does that thing Fritz Lang films always do to me: I notice that every shot goes on for absolutely ever, yet am never bored, and the film doesn't feel as long as it really was. Then, afterwards, when I want to explain why I loved it so much, I come up short, because when you talk about it it sounds lame as hell. I love you, Fritz Lang!

  • Cineastic's rating of the film Woman in the Moon

    Woman in the Moon contains Lang's usual stylistic hallmarks, which are always gratifying. However, I could have done without the inordinate melodrama, which seemed to make the elements of space opera more awkward than epic. The garish sets were entertaining and quintessential to German Expressionism. It's worth a look for hardcore Lang fans such as myself, but don't expect anyone else to take much out of this film.

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