Devlo Documentary Recommendation: Apollo 11
Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing the new documentary Apollo 11 directed by Todd Douglas Miller. Featuring never-before-seen footage, the film is “constructed entirely from 65mm archival materials and features all new behind-the-scenes footage, along with over 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings of the legendary event.” It was wild to see the quality of the rescanned footage on the big screen and to think of the massive archives that the films creators painstakingly recovered and pieced back together.
As someone who wasn’t alive during the Apollo 11 mission, the film was a total immersion into the mission itself and all that led up to mans first steps on the moon. The movie’s seamless sound design and score worked together to not only provide an authentic recreation of what was, but also revealed the emotional experience of the mission as well. The composer, Matt Morton, used only analog synthesizers that were available in 1969.
The film contains no interviews, voiceover, narration, or extraneous dialogue but rather relies only on the real time transmissions between Houston and Apollo 11 as well as radio and news coverage of the nine day event. This, coupled with stunning visuals, tells the story in a way that is suspenseful and engaging even though the audience already knows the ending of the story.
You can watch the trailer here: