Eureka! Entertainment have announced the release of Frau im Mond. [Woman in the Moon.], a science-fiction odyssey that foretold man's future in rocket-based space exploration. The final silent epic by Fritz Lang, the legendary director of Metropolis and M, stars a of Fritz Lang regulars, including Willy Fritsch, Fritz Rasp, and Klaus Pohl.
Frau im Mond. [Woman in the Moon.] is: (a) The first feature-length film to portray space-exploration in a serious manner, paying close attention to the science involved in launching a vessel from the surface of the earth to the valleys of the moon. (b) A tri-polar potboiler of a picture that manages to combine espionage tale, serial melodrama, and comic-book sci-fi into a storyline that is by turns delirious, hushed, and deranged. (c) A movie so rife with narrative contradiction and visual ingenuity that it could only be the work of one filmmaker: Fritz Lang.
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. When the crew, helmed by Willy Fritsch and Gerda Maurus (both of whom had previously starred in Lang’s Spione), finally reach their impossible destination, they find themselves stranded in a lunar labyrinth without walls – where emotions run scattershot, and the new goal becomes survival.
A modern Daedalus tale which uncannily foretold Germany’s wartime push into rocket-science, Frau im Mond. is as much a warning-sign against human hubris as it is a hopeful depiction of mankind’s potential.
Frau im Mond will be released on UK dual format (Blu-ray and DVD) on 25 August 2014 by Eureka! Entertainment as part of the Masters of Cinema series at the RRP of £19.99.
Featuring a gorgeous 1080p transfer on the Blu-ray of the F. W. Murnau-Stiftung restoration and the original German intertitles with newly-translated optional English subtitles, the disc will have the following extras:
The First Scientific Science-Fiction Film – a German documentary about Frau im Mond. made by Gabriele Jacobi [15:00]
36-page booklet which includes a newly revised analysis by Michael E. Grost on the film, and on Fritz Lang’s body of work as a whole – and more!