Great movie, one of my favorites. Great post.
Thanks, Ryan - this is a great one, even on image alone it could make a beautiful avant-garde almost abstract movie - but the fact that we know it's all real, not simulated, adds an extra tinge of excitement to it.
The caps are breathtaking. The Criterion DVD has always been a treasure, and one you can watch over and over.
Yes, and there's so many different ways of watching it - as a documentary about the Apollo missions, as an eerily beautiful set of abstract images (with the evocative Eno score), as a memoir of the astronauts, etc, so you get something different out of it each time.
Beautiful and breathtaking images. They feel alive - the energy of the movement can't be frozen.
That's a great observation, Stephen, and if the images make the reader want to see the movie - to see that movement unfurl in full glory (whether for the first time or a repeat visit) then I've done my job! It's interesting to me too though that a few of these (the leg over the spacecraft, the close-up of the reflective visor) almost seem like they could be still photos, given the clarity and sharpness of the image. I know some of the footage was shot with 70mm, perhaps even IMAX, and with those crystal-clear, wide-open lenses that Kubrick later used for Barry Lyndon; perhaps that's why...
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