‘Woman in the Moon’ was considered be so realistic that it was banned by the for fear it would reveal secrets about V-2 rockets. This article is the Motherboard Guide to Cinema, a semi-regular column exploring foreign and obscure . Science fiction cinema proper may have begun with A Trip to the Moon , a silent film made in 1902 about, well, a trip to the moon. But the genre didn’t really hit its stride until almost three later with the release 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 ahead its time and was the first time that the nascent field 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 Professor Mannfeldt, a renegade scientist who wrote a […]

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