In the Shadow of the Moon
The glory days (and tragedies) of the American space programme, by those who were there - with never-before-seen footage.
Dismissing conspiracy theories, David Sington's elegant and exciting documentary lets the surviving crew members from the Apollo space missions tell their own stories - and challenges us to imagine the sights that they have seen. A striking range of extreme personalities is showcased: these people needed to do something extraordinary with their lives, and the experience they share has set them further apart from the rest of humanity. Yet the film feels intimate rather than distant, and adds an unexpected and intriguing emotional dimension to the stories that it tells. It seems you never quite recover from seeing your own planet from afar. Poignant viewing, at a time when the assertion of American power takes a much more grounded and destructive form.
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