Directed by: Fritz Lang
Writing credits: Thea von Harbou
Starring: Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Fritz Rasp
Running Time: 168 mins
Frau im Mond (2017):
Flutes I, II, III (III dbl. picc.)
Oboes I, II (II dbl. c.a.)
Clarinets I, II, III (III dbl. b-cl, cb-cl)
Bassoons I, II
Trumpets I, II, III
Trombones I, II
Strings: 14, 12, 10, 8, 8
Commissioned by Vienna Konzerthaus, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Philharmonie Luxembourg
This is the final silent film of the master director, Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M, Dr. Mabuse) and is the first truly authentic science-fiction epic in film history. A visually gripping spectacle that dramatizes the first lunar expedition in great visual detail. Lang had worked closely with a team of technical consultants, who, along with screenwriter Thea von Harbou, strives for scientific realism based on true astrophysics. The film is even cited as the original inventors of the “countdown to zero”, to which now all real-life rockets launch. A beautiful and masterful mix of romanticism, espionage and rocketry, all in the dark and indelible Lang style.
As the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing approaches in 2019, this film promises to be a spectacular journey to a time when our imaginations ran vividly wild with futuristic possibilities, of life beyond our earth.
My score to Frau im mond score is my largest-in-scale to date. Something about human-beings building a gargantuan rocket to fly to the moon, and nearly killing themselves in the process, seems to me to begs for an overwhelming sound. And once landed on the lunar surface, the music develops a stranger characteristic while in the shadows of the moon's dark side. The film's characters deeply lose themselves and their inhibitions in the process, as does the music. It's quite a journey for all...