For All Mankind

Al Reinert, 80 mins, USA, 1989, 35mm. Source: Academy Film Archives. Courtesy: Janus Films.

For All Mankind
For All Mankind
In documenting the nine NASA Apollo moon missions between 1968 and 1972, Al Reinert exhaustively gleaned through millions of feet of film to capture these epic journeys beyond earth's borders into one thrilling trip to the moon. Brian Eno's seminal score adds to the film's ethereal beauty.

The film takes its title from the plaque left behind on the moon's surface in 1969 that reads "We came in peace for all mankind".

Hollywood has imagined this trip ever since film was conceived as an art form and has captured the imaginations of filmmakers like Fritz Lang, Walt Disney and Stanley Kubrick.

In his film, Reinert manages to achieve something Hollywood has spent millions of dollars trying to replicate: the wonder and beauty of space. In compiling all the various moon missions together into one single trip, the film's cacophony of images and anonymous voices meld into one unifying voice, ultimately documenting not just one country's quest, but, literally, a quest for all mankind.


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