This is another very long film directed by Fritz Lang and written by his wife Thea von Harbou. Woman in the Moon premiered 15 October 1929 in Berlin, Germany. It was highly regarded at the time for being good science fiction, perhaps because the countdown to launch of the rocket ship used 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1- JETZT! (Now!) Which became a standard theme for rocket launches and similar events.
Supposedly Thea and Fritz sought out real space scientists for help with the realism, but looking back their efforts seem pathetically off base … totally wrong. The movie made money but personally, I thought the whole thing was silly with one exception.
The rejected Professor Georg Manfeldt, Klaus Pohl, was fantastic, but only in the scenes shot within his tiny apartment. Over some thirty years of professional rejection, he had turned into a kindly but starving, academically-inclined old man. These scenes of a starving man watching his wealthy companion eating a fancy lunch that he had brought along were agonizing, but then he shared.
I have never seen anyone enjoy any activity so much as watching the starving professor eat and drink the meal his companion shared. Professor Georg Manfeldt appeared to be a well-bred aristocratic person reduced to absolute poverty and starvation, but still imbued with his class-gentility. What made the whole scene great was that he really looked like he was starving and he wasn’t acting. He was enjoying eating like a starving man that would feel his life was being brought back from the cliff of imminent death.
After the wealthy man departed the Professor sought out a mouse living in the wall and shared with it a couple of large pieces of the best that had been given to him.
If you watch this movie, relish this meal.