Here’s my 2nd (of 6) reviews for this month’s Genre Grandeur – Space. This time I chose to review one of the best documentaries about the Apollo space missions that I’ve ever seen: In The Shadow of the Moon (2007).
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“I guess I can sort of admit it now, I’ve admitted it a little bit to a few friends, I’ve always had a guilt complex, to some degree. That was my war, good or bad, whether it was a good war or a bad war, we’re not discussing it, but that was my war, to fight for my country, and my buddies were getting shot at and shot down and in some cases captured, and I was getting my picture on the front page of the paper. And I’ve always felt that they fought my war for me. They look at it totally different. They said, “You were doing something that this country needed more than anything else at the time. You were part of a program, the only thing we had to hold our head high and be proud of.” ” – Eugene Cernan
Number of Times Seen – 2 (15 May 2008 and 28 Sep 2014)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary of the experiences of the 12 men who walked on the moon told thru interviews with the 8 who are still living.
My Take on it – There is nothing like hearing of an event firsthand from men who are the lone people who experienced a specific event.
This movie gives us just that.
We get to see interviews with the remaining astronauts who traveled to the moon.
We have all seen pictures of the lunar landing astronauts when they were young and healthy and we’ve also seen movies where they were portrayed by known actors, but to see these men who are in their 60’s and 70’s who are national heroes still exuberantly discuss their missions is a real treat.
Watching these men tell their tales by their recollections of their time on their way to the moon, on the surface and on the journey back is great.
In total, this movie shows interviews with ten retired astronauts; 8 of them walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 11-17 missions and 2 orbited it.
Here is the list of the interviewees:
Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11),
Al Bean (Apollo 12),
Eugene Cernan (Apollo 10 in Orbit and Apollo 17 on the surface),
Michael Collins (Apollo 11 in Orbit)
Charles Duke (Apollo 16)
Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 in orbit)
Ed Mitchell (Apollo 14)
Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17)
Dave Scott (Apollo 15)
John Young (Apollo 10 in Orbit and Apollo 16 on the surface)
This movie is a MUST for anyone remotely interested in the Apollo space missions!
Bottom Line – Amazingly interesting movie told solely thru the eyes of the few men who have had the honor and privilege to experience walking on the surface of the moon. Their insights and detail are worth hearing by anyone interested in listening. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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