IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON (David Sington, UK). 100 minutes. Thursday (April 19), 9:30 pm; Friday (April 20), 4 pm, Isabel Bader. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
This is a doc for anybody who liked The Right Stuff or Apollo 13 or is just a space fanatic in general. Although it explores no new frontiers – like the dramatic miniseries From The Earth To The Moon, it's about the Apollo space program – it is a rich and captivating retelling of the story of the only 24 men to walk on the moon.
All of the surviving astronauts who made that remarkable journey are interviewed. Some of them speak matter-of-factly about it; others are still awed by the experience. Then there's the amazing archival film footage from NASA. Because they're real, and not the product of CGI or special effects, images of a rocket rising from its launch pad in a fiery explosion, or of the Earth rising over the moon's horizon evoke fresh wonder.