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von Harbou, Thea

Entry updated 28 November 2022. Tagged: Author, Film.

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(1888-1954) German author, most noted for her novels based (at least in part) on screenplays written by herself and her husband, Fritz Lang, who divorced her after she joined the Nazi Party in 1932; she was co-author of the screenplays for all the films Lang made before leaving Germany in 1933. Neither Metropolis (1926; trans anon 1927), which was written in conjunction with Metropolis (1926), nor Frau im Mond (1928; trans Baroness von Hutten as The Girl in the Moon 1930; cut vt The Rocket to the Moon; from the Novel, The Girl in the Moon 1930), later filmed as Die Frau im Mond (1929), has much of either film's symbolic force, and both are thickly propagandistic. [JC]

see also: Automation; Cities; Women SF Writers.

Thea Gabrielle von Harbou

born Tauperlitz, Germany: 27 December 1888

died Berlin: 1 July 1954

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