For All Mankind
This documentary from the end of the 1980’s is a treasure trove. Film footage is all taken from NASA during the Apollo trips so this is as authentic as it gets. Really, this is like looking at a photo album of the Apollo missions.
The first half of For All Mankind is mostly about activities in space. How they did certain activities, what it was like inside the spacecraft etc. The second half - and really the gem of this movie - is the footage from the moon itself. We see footage of astronauts in space but if you think about it, video from the surface of the moon is actually kinda rare. So, it was both a learning and journey of pleasure in watching it.
I had never seen this movie before. It won a couple awards and was nominated for an Oscar. My understanding is that there is a a little longer, technically better, more extensive follow-up titled In The Shadow Of The Moon done a decade ago. I can imagine how technological advances might, at this stage anyway, make that a better film. Still, it is a treat to watch the original.
Astronauts from the program add narration. The only knock - a minor one - is that sometimes it isn’t clear which Apollo mission you are watching. They stream it all together to basically tell the story of how Apollo 11 made it to the moon. But like I said, that is a minor criticism.
If you are interested in NASA or space, sit around and wonder how we can afford to pay for a President playing golf 24/7 but have to rent a ride into space from the Russians, well, this is a movie to watch. It reminds you how far mankind went but how it truly was only one small step. 5/5 on the rating scale.