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For All Mankind 1989

  • Al Reinert
  • January 1, 1989
  • 80 mins
  • English
  • Documentary
A Film by Al Reinert
In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Al Reinert’s documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences. Forty years after the first moon landing, it remains the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema yet made about this earthshaking event.


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Absolutely fascinating documentary exploring the Apollo missions to land on the moon. Essentially, the film charts what a complete mission was like from the launch (it is pretty clear Ron Howard composed his shots for Apollo 13 based on this footage ) to the landing on the Moon. The film only uses archive footage and audio from all the missions shot by NASA and the astronauts in space and audio interviews with the astronauts are used as a form of narration. But what footage it is!! Of course, an awareness that this is real footage makes this all the more fascinating ( a humorous subtitle reminds us that this was shot on location ). Reinert also has an innate sense of crafting a story through the editing, moving between footage shot at Mission Control and the astronauts from all the missions to tell the story. The film does lose a little momentum once the astronauts land on the moon, but the footage shown is never less than stunning.

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