Film - Feature | February 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
While at work on his futuristic, earthbound Metropolis, Lang envisioned a project that would allow him a chance to explore the concept of space travel. Made on the cusp of the sound era, Woman in the Moon was intentionally designed as a silent picture; Lang fought off pressure from Ufa studio execs who wanted him to make a sound film. He consulted with two specialists in rocket technology, Hermann Obert and Willy Ley, to create this visionary blend of fact and fantasy. Oskar Fischinger, the pioneer of abstract animation, was one of the three cinematographers who helped create the films special effects.