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GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE, is a feature film featuring amazing SFX, that celebrates the bravery and achievements of Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Gagarin blasted off in a Vostok rocket and he orbited Earth for 108 minutes. He was the cosmonaut who was selected from over three thousand fighter pilots throughout the Soviet Union. Once chosen Gagarin is fast tracked to train for the unknown and the trip of a life time! Written by
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The movie's running time of 108 minutes is exactly the same length of time it took for Yuri Gagarin's flight into space, orbit around the earth, and safe return to earth. See more »
At the end of the scene where Yuri's father learns that his son has just flown in space (at 1 hour & 45 minutes) the camera pulls back as he walks away from the meeting hall. A boom mic is visible on the right hand side of the picture as it pans back. See more »
This is a well constructed biopic. The narrative style is very evocative and non-linear, making a very compelling story. The portrayal of the pilots and engineers align to those in real life.
It also communicates the difficulties, technical challenges and personal rivalries of the space programmes. With space travel being part of life for so many years, it is easy to forget how little anyone knew about the affects of space on people. Even now there is much to learn.
The film also captures the competition between the Soviet Union and the United States, and how achievements in space were such a source of national pride.
The scenes are well framed and shot, the direction is tight and the acting is well done. There are a few cheesy moments, which provided comic relief.
Overall, this is an intelligent film about an engaging person, and should be of interest to anyone interested in the space race or space travel today.
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