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Outer Space Cinema Retrospective

Zeughauskino in the German Historical Museum and Emmy Noether Research Group at Freie Universität Berlin Present Comprehensive Retrospective of Science Fiction Films

№ 65/2011 from Mar 10, 2011

Szene aus dem Film "Frau im Mond" des Regisseurs Fritz Lang aus dem Jahr 1929. Der Film wurde im Rahmen der Retrospektive Weltraumkino vorgeführt.
Scene from the film Woman in the Moon directed by Fritz Lang in 1929. The film will be screened on April 3 at 5 p.m. as part of the retrospective. Image Credit: Horst von Harbou / Deutsche Kinemathek

To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight, the Zeughauskino cinema in the German Historical Museum and the Emmy Noether Research Group are presenting a film retrospective “The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the 20th Century.” From April 1 to May 8, more than 20 historical science fiction films will be shown. The research group is located at Freie Universität Berlin.

The focus of the outer space retrospective is on fantasy visions in outer space, such as conquests of the cosmos, the discovery of extraterrestrial worlds, or the encounter with alien civilizations in distant galaxies. But the complementary motif – the landing of aliens on Earth and their intrusion into “our” civilization – shapes a second, smaller group of films selected for the retrospective.

Since the early 1950s, science fiction film has been a separate but elusive genre, at times not averse to philosophical reflections, at times animated by an almost unlimited faith in progress, but also increasingly pervaded with a skeptical vision of the future. No other medium has left as lasting an impression on our understanding of the universe, extraterrestrial life, and future areas of experience as the cinema.

The retrospective reflects outer space cinema in all its diversity, but it puts special emphasis on the films of the 1950s to the 1970s. Researchers and advanced students will give an introduction to the theme and all of the films. Some of the film screenings will be followed by discussions with the audience.

Further Information

Dr. Alexander C. T. Geppert, Friedrich Meinecke Institute, Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-568 99, Email:

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Time and Place:

Zeughauskino Cinema, German Historical Museum (entrance on the Spree side of the building), Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin
Box Office: Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 20 30 47 70. The box office opens an hour before the films are scheduled to start.
Ticket price: 5 euros

Public Transportation:

S-Bahn stations: Hackescher Markt; Friedrichstraße
Subway stations: Französische Straße; Hausvogteiplatz; Friedrichstraße
Bus: 100, 200, TXL to Staatsoper or Lustgarten