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Tony Palmer’s Film of The Space Movie music by Mike Oldfield - 10th anniversary of moon landing

 
Tony Palmer’s Film of The Space Movie music by Mike Oldfield - 10th anniversary of moon landing-Education-Documentary
ID: VPDVD30 (EAN: 604388682324)  | 1 DVD
LABEL:
Tony Palmer
Collection:
Documentary
Subcollection:
Education
Composers:
OLDFIELD, Mike
Interprets:
PALMER, Tony
Other info:

Directors: Tony Palmer

Format: Color, DVD, Import, NTSC
Region: 0, All Regions
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: Italian
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Voiceprint UK
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007

"This film was made in 1979 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the moon landing. NASA and The United States National Archive released all of this footage for the very first time including unseen film of the lunar landscape, life on the spacecraft, Mars, Venus and beyond. Included are the conversations between the astronauts and ground control in Houston. The films soundtrack was written, arranged and performed by Mike Oldfield. He used extracts from his ground-breaking symphonic tone-poems such as Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge and wound these in and out of the NASA soundtracks together with new music. The result is a unique soundtrack for a unique film."

Courageous explorers and pioneers walk in our midst and we take them for granted. This thought occurred in the light of the January 2011 shooting of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Her husband Mark E. Kelly was described as "an astronaut".

There was a time in the living memory of many when that job simply didn't exist. Then it became a glamour profession and we knew the names of those who went into space . . . and, soon enough, simply took them for granted.

Men and women floated around in space -- they are right now -- and never even made the nightly news.

Sometimes they would appear in films as heroic but human figures (Apollo 11) and in others as the grumpy neighbourhood guy (Jack Nicholson's character in Terms of Endearment). The explorers of space, the pioneers who stepped into a world beyond our own, became normalised.

Of course they were always human, but in the Sixties -- especially with the Apollo 11 mission which put a man on the moon -- they were heroes.

Just before the 10th anniversary of the moon landing in '79, Nasa approached British doco maker Tony Palmer to make a film about that historic mission. One of the Nasa guys had seen Palmer's music series All You Need is Love and thought they could make a sort of space/moon doco with rock music.

When Palmer met with Nasa -- the recent interview footage here is the bonus, the affable Palmer with a bottle of Jacob's Creek red wine at his side -- he asked how much footage they had of the mission.

"About 40 miles" was the reply.

From this Palmer made his film which, at the time, was breathtaking for its previously unseen footage and the innovative use of music by Mike Oldfield, the last musician to appear in All You Need is Love and hot at the time as Palmer concedes.

Viewed today when we have seen more footage, watched a space shuttle explode, seen dozens of films set in the final frontier and CGI-ed into thrilling reality, and had the pioneers and explorers reduced to caricature or the partner of a congresswoman, The Space Movie doesn't have quite the same frisson.

The footage of Kennedy announcing the goal of putting a man (American) on the moon, the explosive early failures, the "space race", the dialogue between the USA and USSR, and finally the Apollo 11 mission is still interesting of course. As is the footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin clowning around on the lunar surface, and the joking between them and Houston space centre.

But the transfer to DVD isn't sharp and the use of Oldfield's music (new pieces but some from Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge) is variable: sometimes it captures the excitement or reflective images, at other times it seems at odds and intrusive.

Review:
 

The Space Movie can be described as Marshall McLuhan for the eyes. This British documentary traces the history of space travel, from the early rocket experiments of the 1920s to the lunar landings of the 1960s. The information is conveyed in near-kaleidoscopic fashion, minus narration, with one image following the other at an exhausting rate. ˜ Hal Erickson, Rovi The Space Movie can be described as Marshall McLuhan for the eyes. This British documentary traces the history of space travel, from the early rocket experiments of the 1920s to the lunar landings of the 1960s. The information is conveyed in near-kaleidoscopic fashion, minus narration, with one image following the other at an exhausting rate.
˜ Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide


 

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