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 mission footage. The score by Brian Eno underscores the strangeness, wonder, and beauty of the astronauts' experiences which they were privileged to have for a first time "for all mankind."Written by
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There is a shot of the moon appearing in the window of the capsule. Director Al Reinert says there was no shot available of the moon showing in the window of the command module, so a film crew went down to the Johnson Space Center, pasted a photo of the moon on a hatch cover at the museum, and filmed it to illustrate astronaut Ken Mattingly's description of what he saw in his flight. 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 »
I had a bet with somebody who didn't, uh, really felt that Neil spent a great deal of time before he went figuring out his famous words, and they were not extemporaneous, on-the-spot, historical words. He actually felt that these words might have even been written for Neil by somebody else. And I said well, I'll betcha five hundred bucks that when I get to the bottom of the ladder - and nobody ever remembers what the second person to do something does anyhow - I'm gonna say "It might have been ...
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Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See more »
Theme for 'Opera'
Courtesy of Opal Records (Music For Films III)
Written and Performed by Roger Eno and Brian Eno
Licensed by Upala Music/Hamstein (BMI) See more »
One of the best movies in the world.
A security actor I knew who was also a police officer introduced me to this film. I didn't like the man, but respected his recommendation, and can truly say that this is one of the best movies I've ever seen. It is truly a moving and profound documentary about us as a species stepping forward to literally see new horizons.
The thoughts and emotions that are evoked are palpable in this film. No matter where we go, we bring ourselves with us. This film is testament to that truism, and and the astronauts interviewed in this program are there to show us our own reflections through their experiences of travelling to a world beyond.
They take us with them as they embark on one of the greatest voyages since Odysseus crossed the Mediterranean, since Erik the Red and the prehistoric fisherman hugged the northern shores across the northern Atlantic, since the Chinese Star Fleet or the immortal Columbus on his way to discover riches for Queen Isabella.
The world in question? The moon. Our moon. Our regolith covered gray neighbor who perpetually shows us one side, and creeps in and out of our shadow every thirty days, twelve times a year. We are there with the astronauts sharing their thoughts, feelings, and other impressions and recollections as we see them galavant and work in the reaches of far Earth orbit and into lunar orbit.
It is not to be missed.
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