• The team behind ‘First Man' aims to de-mythologize the space program

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Even for those of us born decades after the event itself, Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon remain among history's most iconic and indelible images. Can a Hollywood movie tell us anything new about that moment?
    With “First Man” , “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle certainly tries. The film climaxes with an eerie and beautiful dramatization of Apollo 11, and with Armstrong's famous words about a giant leap for mankind. But it's what comes before that feels revelatory - the film's fastidious attention to the training, the mistakes and the disasters that all led up to that...
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  • Why Damien Chazelle chose one of the most politically radical songs in history for First Man

    Why Damien Chazelle chose one of the most politically radical songs in history for First Man

    2 monthes ago - By Fast Company

    Whitey on the Moon by the late revolutionary poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron is a searing indictment of the U.S. space program and the country's values.
    It only lasts for a minute, but in a brief scene in First Man , Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle's biopic of Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Gosling features one of the most radical songs in U.S. history. It features singer Leon Bridges playing the late revolutionary poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron as he recites the lyrics to “Whitey on the Moon,” a song from 1970 that was a searing indictment of the space program and U.S. values.
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