How to make another doc about the space program unique? Take 900 hours of footage and assemble it into a tone poem, with only the slightest thread of narrative: going to the moon, coming back. All the Apollo missions (and some Gemeni) are cut together to form one general, unspecific trip to the moon. Anonymous faces flash by, no one is introduced, radio narration and after-the-fact introspection blend together. Soundtrack by Brian Eno — so that gives you an idea about what effect they were going for. And the footage is awesome. I eat this stuff up.
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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.