IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON (G)

NET­FLIX

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In the wake of the bril­liant Neil Arm­strong biopic First Man, Net­flix have re­vived a su­perb doc­u­men­tary about how mankind made it to the moon for its di­rect stream­ing de­but. British doc­u­men­tary film­maker David Sing­ton re­stores a lot of the faded shine of NASA’s finest hour sim­ply by let­ting those who were there do all the talk­ing. There is no nar­ra­tion, re-en­act­ments or any other un­nec­es­sary di­ver­sions from the ex­tra­or­di­nary tale be­ing told here. Sing­ton does lit­tle more than in­ter­view a cross­sec­tion of as­tro­nauts who par­tic­i­pated in the Apollo pro­gram. Their words — ex­pertly knit­ted to­gether with some amaz­ing archival footage from the NASA ar­chives — paint a clear and pow­er­ful pic­ture of a magic time in the planet’s his­tory. Re­mem­ber, it is now more than 40 years since we last went to the moon. Even if the de­ci­sion was made to­mor­row to go there again, it would take the best part of a decade for a mis­sion to be ad­e­quately mounted. A cap­ti­vat­ing and rev­e­la­tory ex­pe­ri­ence from be­gin­ning to end.

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