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."
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From 1968 til 1972, twenty-four human beings went to the moon. Their journey lives as the ultimate adventure story.
Did You Know?
This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #54. 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
[Command Module Pilot Mattingly stands on the launch tower, waiting to enter Apollo 16
T. Kenneth Mattingly II
I just stood around and waited until they strapped in. And here was a kind of a strange quiet. You look out and you can see the large part of the state and ocean and this - this thing out here. You have the feeling that it's alive.
Filmed on location by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See more
Courtesy of Opal Records (Music For Films III)
Written and Performed by John Paul Jones
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