Woman in the Moon’ was con­sid­ered to be so real­is­tic that it was banned by the Nazis for fear it would reveal secrets V-2 rock­ets. This arti­cle is part of the Moth­er­board Guide to , a semi-reg­u­lar col­umn explor­ing for­eign and obscure spec­u­la­tive films. Sci­ence fic­tion prop­er have begun A Trip to the Moon , a short silent film made in 1902 about, well, a trip to the moon. the genre didn’t real­ly hit its stride until almost three decades lat­er the release of Fritz Lang’s under­rat­ed -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 […]