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Aggregat 4 (V2) Modell 3. Oktober 1942

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Woman in the moon (Frau im Mond) (Fritz Lang)

Frau im Mond is: (a) The first feature-length film to portray space-exploration in a serious manner, paying close attention to the science involved in launching a vessel from the surface of the earth to the valleys of the moon. (b) A tri-polar potboiler of a picture that manages to combine espionage tale, serial melodrama, and comic-book sci-fi into a storyline that is by turns delirious, hushed, and deranged. (c) A movie so rife with narrative contradiction and visual ingenuity that it could only be the work of one filmmaker: Fritz Lang.

In this, Lang’s final silent epic, the legendary filmmaker spins a tale involving a wicked cartel of spies who co-opt an experimental mission to the moon in the hope of plundering the satellite’s vast (and highly theoretical) stores of gold. When the crew, helmed by Willy Fritsch and Gerda Maurus (both of whom had previously starred in Lang’s Spione), finally reach their impossible destination, they find themselves stranded in a lunar labyrinth without walls — where emotions run scattershot, and the new goal becomes survival.

A modern Daedalus tale which uncannily foretold Germany’s wartime push into rocket-science, Frau im Mond is as much a warning-sign against human hubris as it is a hopeful depiction of mankind’s potential.





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Prüfstand 7 (Robert Bramkamp)

On October 3, 1942 the first rocket took off into space. The Germns had no idea that they had launched the birth of a ghost. It is called Bianca and she is the ghost of the rocket. In search of her origins, Bianca travels all over Germany and through time - from the cradle of space travel in Peenemuende to her planned future in Bremen. Tracing Bianca's path, the film presents a character study of the rocket. As the film proceeds, documentary merges with fiction, essential facts are mixed with minor trivia, earnest themes mingle with the comic, technology rubs schulders with literature. The film is aimed at the heart of our fascination with modern technology, for which the rocket stands as its towering emblem. For "Teststand 7" the US cultauthor Thomas Pynchon has for the first time given permission for partial filming of his rocket novel "Gravity's Rainbow".





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Space Tourists (Christian Frei)

Synopsis: In his most recent work, Christian Frei turns to an age-old dream of man: to leave our planet as a «normal person» and travel into outer space. For 20 million dollars, the American Anousheh Ansari was able to fulfil this childhood dream. This documentary follows her journey into space and shows everyday life as it is on the International Space Station.

Sundance 2010: World Cinema Directing Award: Frei's film takes a humorous and laconic view of the way billionaires depart our planet earth to travel into outer space for fun. SPACE TOURISTS succeeds in surprising its audience with images and situations that have very little to do with the futuristic fantasy of “space-tourism”. The filmmaker sets up encounters with the least likely people imaginable: places even stranger and more unknown than outer space itself. The film investigates the emotional oscillations of an expensive enterprise and questions the meaning and boundaries of the human spirit and our hunger for adventure and discovery.








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