‘Woman in the Moon’ was considered to be so realistic that it was banned by the Nazis for fear it would reveal secrets about V-2 rockets. This article is part of the Motherboard Guide to Cinema, a semi-regular column exploring foreign and obscure speculative films. Science fiction cinema proper may have begun with A Trip to the Moon , a short silent film made in 1902 about, well, a trip to the moon. But the genre didn’t really hit its stride until almost three decades later with the release of Fritz Lang’s underrated sci-fi masterpiece Woman in the Moon in 1929. Generally considered to be the first ‘serious’ science fiction film, Woman in the Moon was far ahead of its time and was the first time that the nascent field of rocket science was presented to the masses in popular media. It was the first film to employ a scientist as an advisor and was considered so realistic that it was banned by the Nazis for fear that it would reveal military secrets (although Lang’s Jewish heritage might also have played a role). Woman in the Moon tells the story of Professor Mannfeldt, a renegade scientist who wrote a […]

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