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"In the Shadow of the Moon", New documentary gets a favorable review
post Jun 3 2007, 02:49 AM
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Raymond Chen, a programmer for Microsoft, went to the Seattle International Film Festival. As mentioned in his blog, he walked into "In the Shadow of the Moon" almost by accident and came out raving about it. From his description, it sound like a film we would enjoy.


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"This was absolutely wonderful, a documentary consisting of stunning never-before-seen NASA footage from the Apollo missions and interviews with most of the surviving astronauts who have been to the moon. (Of the astronauts, all of whom are extremely well-spoken and quite funny, Michael Collins steals the show.) If this movie goes into general release, I strongly encourage every space buff to run, don't walk, to see it. The footage of the Saturn V launch brought tears to me eyes. I give it a 5 out of 5.

There's a spectacular shot taken from the inside of a spent stage: You watch the next stage ignite and the spacecraft fade off into the distance, then as the spent stage loses attitude, the earth comes into view before the film finally runs out. During the Q&A after the movie, one person asked the director, 'How did the film of that sequence survive re-entry?' The answer: The film was ejected from the spent stage and fell to earth. High-altitude planes were in pursuit with giant nets trailing out behind them. That was one insane game of 'catch'.

The special surprise guest at the screening was Bill Anders, the crewmember from Apollo 8 who took the famous Earthrise photo. He quipped that Frank Borman actually took the first Earthrise photo, but Borman had the disadvantage of using the camera loaded with black-and-white film; Anders had color film in his camera.

Bonus story #1 from Gene Cernan: 'My father was alive when the Wright brothers made their first flight; he could hardly believe that I walked on the moon. My son was five years old; he thought it was no big deal.'

Bonus story #2 from Charles Duke: 'After I returned, the flight doctor told me that at launch my heart rate was 144.' A beat. 'John's was 70.' Cut to interview with John Young: 'I'm old. My heart can't go any faster.'"
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post Oct 12 2007, 06:26 AM
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I was at the world premiere of this film in Edinburgh, Scotland on 17 August. Having seen virtually every piece of Apollo film, I still found it an exceptional film. The tower-top sequence of Apollo 17 lifting off in the dark is rarely seen and quite amazing. The astronaut interviews are all original and very refreshing. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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- jrdahlman   "In the Shadow of the Moon"   Jun 3 2007, 02:49 AM
- - nprev   QUOTE (jrdahlman @ Jun 2 2007, 07:49 PM) ...   Jun 3 2007, 03:16 AM
- - dvandorn   Agreed -- "Carrying the Fire" is written...   Jun 3 2007, 08:28 AM
- - belleraphon1   This movie is set to show commercially with the he...   Jun 30 2007, 10:01 PM
|- - ugordan   QUOTE (belleraphon1 @ Jun 30 2007, 11:01 ...   Jun 30 2007, 11:12 PM
- - Floyd   As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I could hear t...   Jul 1 2007, 02:48 AM
- - paxdan   The trailer has been posted Oh wow! Take a loo...   Aug 13 2007, 08:31 PM
- - As old as Voyager   Am I right in thinking that because of his time in...   Aug 18 2007, 12:26 PM
- - nprev   Definitely an oDoug question, Voyager; we'll s...   Aug 19 2007, 03:27 PM
|- - dvandorn   QUOTE (nprev @ Aug 19 2007, 10:27 AM) Def...   Aug 23 2007, 12:29 AM
- - ElkGroveDan   Looks really good. I'm going to have to pull ...   Aug 19 2007, 04:16 PM
- - nprev   Uh, Dan, not to beg, but since I do live in downto...   Aug 19 2007, 04:24 PM
- - ElkGroveDan   I had you in mind. But as the old saying goes, ...   Aug 19 2007, 04:32 PM
- - nprev   A venerable platitude indeed, and oft repeated...   Aug 19 2007, 08:18 PM
- - RedSky   It opened today (Fri Sep 28) here in Melbourne FL....   Sep 28 2007, 08:29 PM
- - nprev   That is sad, RedSky. The publicity has really drop...   Sep 29 2007, 03:58 PM
- - dvandorn   Well, it's playing at the local "art hous...   Sep 29 2007, 04:48 PM
- - PhilCo126   Always amazed when they mention " stunning ne...   Sep 29 2007, 08:26 PM
|- - tedstryk   Lovell did an interview on the Colbert Report. Fo...   Oct 4 2007, 10:10 PM
- - nprev   Thanks, Ted! Very good interview; Colbert...   Oct 5 2007, 12:28 AM
- - David   Stephen Colbert seems to me like the kind of guy w...   Oct 5 2007, 12:47 AM
- - nprev   Yeah, I got that vibe, too, even though he was sta...   Oct 5 2007, 12:54 AM
- - djellison   He (or his researchers) must read Phils great blog...   Oct 5 2007, 08:26 AM
- - dvandorn   Well, I saw it yesterday. I was impressed. For o...   Oct 5 2007, 08:54 AM
- - edstrick   The kooks always say "They laughed at Einstei...   Oct 5 2007, 10:26 AM
- - kenny   I was at the world premiere of this film in Edinbu...   Oct 12 2007, 06:26 AM
- - dvandorn   Yep -- and while looking at some other things on Y...   Oct 12 2007, 07:58 AM
- - nprev   It's great to see these guys honored as they s...   Oct 12 2007, 01:52 PM
- - kenny   ... and .... Dangerous Films is producing ....MOON...   Oct 12 2007, 08:57 PM
- - kenny   Here's the web site for the movie.... click on...   Oct 15 2007, 10:39 AM
- - John Whitehead   The documentary was absolutely wonderful for what ...   Oct 17 2007, 07:17 PM
- - dvandorn   Well, John -- I certainly can't speak for the ...   Oct 18 2007, 05:03 AM
- - John Whitehead   Thanks for the encouraging comments oDoug. A frie...   Oct 18 2007, 07:16 PM
- - hendric   Is the movie kid-friendly? I have a 5 year old wh...   Oct 19 2007, 03:41 PM
|- - ugordan   QUOTE (hendric @ Oct 19 2007, 05:41 PM) A...   Oct 19 2007, 03:54 PM
|- - dvandorn   QUOTE (hendric @ Oct 19 2007, 10:41 AM) I...   Oct 19 2007, 04:36 PM
- - stevesliva   FYI-- It is possible to save this movie to your Ne...   Oct 19 2007, 06:24 PM
- - As old as Voyager   UK screenings annonuced: http://www.itsotm.com/it...   Nov 3 2007, 10:35 PM
- - djellison   Phoenix in Leicester it is Doug   Nov 3 2007, 10:47 PM
- - djellison   Imagine the scene - I walk into the Phoenix centre...   Nov 9 2007, 09:28 PM
|- - RJG   Hmm... The web site certainly indicated that it wo...   Nov 9 2007, 11:01 PM
- - volcanopele   Just got a chance to check out this documentary (f...   Jul 10 2008, 12:32 AM
- - dvandorn   Yeah -- there are very few pieces of film in the d...   Jul 10 2008, 04:36 AM

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