WOMAN IN THE MOON
Doors open: 8:30 p.m., Screening starts: 9:00 p.m.
Director: Fritz Lang
Production: Fritz Lang Film for Ufa
Screenplay: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Cinematography: Curt Courant und Otto Kanturek
Cast: Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Klaus Pohl, Gustav von Wangenheim, Fritz Rasp
Length: 156 min
Fifty years after the first moon landing in the summer of 1969, UFA Film Nights presents Fritz Lang’s cinematic vision of the future from 1929 about an expedition to the moon. The team includes two engineers, a young woman, an eccentric professor, a business syndicate agent, and a young boy who has stolen on board as a stowaway. As odd as the mission’s motive to find gold on the moon and the spaceship crew’s composition may seem, at the time director and co-author Fritz Lang based the movie on state-of-the-art technical research. Lang’s scientific advisor was the physicist Hermann Oberth (1894-1989), mentor of the later “father of the moon landing” Wernher von Braun. Fortified with Oberth’s insights, Lang created a movie that exemplarily fits the term science fiction: a fictional plot based on real science. This is true not only for the principle of a multi-stage rocket launched with a countdown (a concept that Lang later claimed he originated); even the moon capsule also looks amazingly like the landing shuttles of NASA’s later moon missions. So the movie, now 90 years old, is rightly acclaimed as truly visionary.
Music: DJ legend Jeff Mills has created a new musical interpretation of the movie for the UFA Film Nights 2019. Mills also performed at the UFA Film Nights 2017, and received standing ovations for his soundtrack for METROPOLIS.