This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours. Al Reinert watched all the footage shot during the missions--over 6,000,000 feet of it, and picked out the best. Instead of being a newsy, fact-filled documentary. Reinart focuses on the human aspects of the space flights. The only voices heard in the film are the voices of the astronauts and mission control. Reinart uses the astronaunts' own words from interviews and from the mission footage. The score by Brian Eno underscores the strangeness, wonder, and and beauty of the astronauts' experiences--experiences which they were privileged to have for a first time "for all mankind." Written by
Scott B. Fisher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A Film by Al Reinert
Did You Know?
The staging footage was captured because NASA wanted to document the flight process of an unmanned Saturn flight for feedback in case there was a failure for engineers to look at footage to see what went wrong. Cameras were mounted in strategic locations, kicking on at critical moments to document the staging process for less than half a minute. After completion, the light-tight canisters containing the exposed film were jettisoned, dropping to earth with homing beacons and parachutes inside protective heat shields. Air Force C-130 transport planes, towing gigantic nets, recovered the canisters in the southern Atlantic Ocean. See more
When showing the scenes of trans-lunar injection (firing the rocket to leave earth orbit for the moon), scenes of a Gemini spacecraft reentering the atmosphere are shown instead. See more
Charles M. Duke Jr.
The only bad part about zero gravity in Apollo was goin' to the bathroom. We had a very crude system. For your feces it was a bag, and you put this bag in the right position. So you go, but the only thing is that nothing goes to the bottom of the bag in zero gravity.
Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See more
Referenced in Drive
Courtesy of Opal Records (Music For Films III)
Written and Performed by Daniel Lanois
Licensed by Upala Music/Hamstein (BMI) See more