In the Shadow of the Moon

In the Shadow of the Moon

In the Shadow of the Moon

  Coming events cast their shadows: On 20 July 2009 (or 21 in July after CET) it will mark the fortieth time that a man has set foot for the first time the moon. The pictures were seen around the world than in the control of Houston received a radio message: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed!” And a little later when Neil Armstrong became the first man walk on the moon and uttered the memorable phrase “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, this moment should be to develop those really great moments in human history, for all time will never be forgotten. Anyone who has experienced it can even today identify more precisely where it is precisely at this moment was and what he felt.

The fascinating documentary In the Shadow of the Moon / The Shadow of the Moon tells the British director the history of lunar missions, NASA and is, of course (), the Apollo 11, who finally managed to step on the moon, in the middle of the action. But Kensington also illuminates the background. And those are primarily political in nature – at the beginning of the sixties, the USSR was ahead with its space program to the Americans up some until President John F. Kennedy claimed the ambitious goal that by the end of the decade, an American, became the first man ever on the moon will end up. From then developed with the Apollo program NASA an astronaut arms race, which was marked by numerous successes and some failures. 1967, when the astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee burned during a ground test in its capsule, it seemed the race to the detriment of the Americans decided. But in 1968 Apollo 8, the successful first tour around the moon. And after the jump two more missions to the moon should then succeed at last.

David Kensington can draw for his film to the full: The director was virtually unrestricted access to the archives of NASA images and installs it, which were sometimes never seen before. And because the negatives have also been meticulously cleaned and processed, they work – apart from the unmistakable indicators, such as hairstyles and clothing – as fresh as if they had just emerged only yesterday. Moreover, the film gathers interviews with eight of the participating and surviving astronauts – Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Gene Cernan, Michael Collins, Charlie Duke, Jim Lovell, Edgar Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt, Dave Scott and John Young, the surprisingly alive and still visibly moved by her reporting adventures. This too is a novelty, because there have never been a film that could muster as many astronauts to the famous Apollo missions. Even if the men are already at an advanced age, one could almost get the impression that the experience has impacted positively and tapering to them – just as if they were small boys, which tell of their adventures. And obviously the experience of space also changes the view of Earth as a whole, for the message of the astronauts – they are so different in character – is clear and fits well with the general situation of the blue home planet: it should, the unanimous tenor but give more attention to the earth.

Of course, this film is too melodramatic, especially the majestic soundtrack seems particularly for more sober-minded contemporaries, then somewhat exaggerated and would fit better into a feature film than a documentary. But when, one wonders, given the truly breathtaking images that you ever had such a good reason for pathos, as in those great moments of humanity. Too bad this is only one film, even Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, which was, unfortunately, this film does not move to a gig in front of the camera. Unfortunate, because after all, he remains the central figure of the moon missions.

(Paul Collmar)

Title: In the Shadow of the Moon Original Title: In The Shadow Of The Moon Country of production: U.S., UK Year of production: 2007 ( #) Length: 99 (Min) of material: Polyband

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