Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Fantastic documentary by Al Reinert that served as the inspiration for Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (right down to some identically reproduced images). Reinert sifts through hundreds of hours of NASA footage from Apollo space missions and pieces them together to recreate the experience of a lunar voyage, from nervous take off to mid-space travel (complete with some breathtaking footage through space shuttle windows), to the eventual landing on the moon’s surface. Reinert captures the scientific wonder as well as the personal experiences of these astronauts, whose astonishment at the beauty of what they are privileged to see is nothing near scientific exploration but more emotional reflex. Science and astronomy enthusiasts should definitely have this one in their collection, it’s magnificent.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary Feature
Toronto International Film Festival: 1989