Cultural Gutter: Over the Moon, Comrade


On the Cultural Gutter, Over the Moon, Comrade is my look at the Soviet science fiction adventure Cosmic Voyage and the film that inspired it, Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon.

Lang’s film is full of brooding and backstabbing undercutting the triumph of space travel and reflecting the increasingly dark days at the end of the Weimar era and during the ascension of the Nazis. Vasily Zhuravlyov’s film, made before the reality of Stalin’s purges had gripped the nation at large, is full of the potential of humanity to succeed, reflecting the boundless optimism (or at least the need to appear boundlessly optimistic) of the Soviet Union, still less than two decades old.

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