Celebrate moon visit through film, music

  • Mankind’s first-ever moon voyagers stand outside their space capsule in the silent sci-fi adventure film “Woman in the Moon” (1929). Courtesy

  • An original German-language poster for "Woman in the Moon" (1929), a ground-breaking early sci-fi adventure film from Fritz Lang. —Courtesy

Published: 7/18/2019 10:29:06 AM

A sci-fi adventure hailed as the first feature film to depict realistic space travel will be screened at Red River Theatres in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Woman in the Moon (1929), directed by German filmmaker Fritz Lang, will be shown with live music on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord.

The screening is open to the public. Tickets are $12.

The screening will feature live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in creating music for silent films.

“We felt it was worth marking this important milestone by sampling visions of space travel before the Apollo program put mankind on the moon,” said Angie Lane of Red River. “And what better way to do that than go back to the silent era and Woman in the Moon, an epic fantasy about the German space program that never happened.”

The rarely seen full-length version of Woman in the Moon follows an intrepid band of space pioneers as they attempt mankind’s first voyage to the lunar surface, where they hope to find deposits of gold.

The film’s showing at Red River coincides with the 50th anniversary of the voyage that took Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon in advance of the landing, which occurred on July 20, 1969. It’s also the 90th anniversary of the original theatrical release of Woman in the Moon.

“This is a great and at-times bizarre film, one that must be seen to be believed,” Rapsis said. “It’s as entertaining as any spy-thriller. And as a past vision of a future that didn’t quite come to be, it really gets you thinking of time and how we perceive it.”

Rapsis will improvise live musical accompaniment during the screening, using a digital synthesizer to recreate the sound of a full orchestra and other more exotic textures.

For more info, visit redrivertheatres.org. or call 224-4600.

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