For All Mankind

Al Reinert made this 1989 film about the Apollo moon missions by sifting through thousands of hours of NASA footage and recording almost 80 hours of interviews with the astronauts, then conflating multiple missions into a single trip. The astronauts playfully mug for the camera, and the footage is spectacular, from a fiery liftoff montage to familiar but lovely shots of the earth from space to the moon's mysterious gray surface. But it's telling that a description of the problems of defecating in zero gravity is more interesting than astronauts' trite musings on “out of this world” views, and the ahistorical editing is occasionally irritating. 79 min.

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