Jim Carroll

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The men on the moon

Went to the flicks last night – after all, I just knew Liverpool would win 8-0 (unfortunately, I’ve mislaid the betting slip) – mainly because I reckon In the Shadow of the Moon is not going to have a long …

Wed, Nov 7, 2007, 12:11

   

Went to the flicks last night – after all, I just knew Liverpool would win 8-0 (unfortunately, I’ve mislaid the betting slip) – mainly because I reckon In the Shadow of the Moon is not going to have a long run in the cinema. I mean, it’s a documentary full of old men talking about stuff from 40 years ago. It will be yanked from the screens to make way for something which will pull in punters who need popcorn and nachos to get them through a movie sitting.

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It’s a huge pity because In the Shadow of the Moon is one of the most enthralling and thrilling cinematic experiences of the year. Sure, it will be out on DVD before you know it, but nothing compares to experiencing the innocent gung-ho right stuff of those astronauts on a big screen.

What you get to see of the Apollo missions is quite amazing. For the film, David Sington and Christopher Riley remastered footage from the NASA archives, added interviews with 10 of the two dozen lunar astronauts (Buzz Aldrin is good value, Mike Collins is the real star of the show and Neil Armstrong naturally said no) and threw in some TV coverage of the moon landing.

And no matter how often you see this footage, you will still go “wow”.

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