Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond) Movie Poster

Trivia for Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond)

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  • This film shows the first countdown to launch of a rocket. Not just the first one in a movie, but the first ever: it was invented as a dramatic device for the movie. Also depicted for the first time are the use of liquid rocket fuel, a rocket with two stages, and zero gravity in space.
  • When the Nazis began working on war rockets, they decided the movie's rockets were too close to the truth. To preserve secrecy, they had the models destroyed and the film withdrawn from release.
  • German rocket scientist Hermann Oberth was hired by the studio to create a flying model of the Friede (the rocket in the movie) to launch from northern Germany on the day of the release as a publicity stunt. However, Oberth pulled out of the deal because the rocket was not working, and undue pressure from the director was causing too many frayed nerves.
  • Was restored in 2000 by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung from negatives belonging to the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv in Berlin.
  • Thea von Harbou, the screenwriter, was also director Fritz Lang's wife.
  • Gustav's magazines all show stories of Nick Carter. Nick Carter was a popular pulp fiction detective who first appeared in print during the 1880s.
  • This film contains one of the earliest examples of product placement in a film. A character is seen drinking from a glass that says "ODOL", which is now known as a German brand of mouthwash, but back then may have been a carbonated beverage.

Spoilers

  • While the foot straps on the floor of the ship may look odd to us now, they actually aren't all that different in principle from the Velcro used on spaceship floors today.
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