DATELINE: Kubrick’s Great Production?
Hole in the Plot?
When you see a film that lists as its cast “Stanley Kubrick, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Werner von Braun,” you may well want to take a look.
Dark Side of the Moon is a fascinating documentary that is gloriously entertaining because it deals with the theory that Stanley Kubrick filmed and faked the Moon landing videos.
Recently, basketball imbecile stupidstar Steph Curry claimed that the US never landed on the Moon. Perhaps he saw this little French film.
NASA utterly admired Kubrick—and their technicians and scientists were so taken with 2001: A Space Odyssey that they even tried to emulate the style in their own space program. In addition, they realized that Kubrick’s style was exactly what the Apollo program needed to make it exciting.
The film gathered a few notable Nixon advisors—Kissinger, Helms, Rumsfeld, Eagleburger, and a secretary—to discuss a meeting in which Nixon wanted guarantees that the Moon landing would be broadcast to the world.
Since there were no guarantees, one of the advisors recommended that they film the first step onto the Moon—just in case and show that if necessary.
As for the astronauts, Neil Armstrong was handed a script before take-off with his immortal words. He read them and pronounced it crap. Buzz Aldrin turned alcoholic for a time over the Moon contretemps, and Michael Collins was furious that he never had the chance to step onto the Moon with the others.
Nixon also had to film an eulogy for the astronauts in case they did not return and were castaways on the Moon.
The film is rife with errors: calling LBJ a former governor of Texas, and Nixon a former governor of California. Neither is true. And, the background music goes from strands of Vertigo to the Godfather to Psycho. Hilarious.
The truth is out there—and that may contribute to the sense of untruthfulness about the Moon landing.
Fascinating, compelling, and surprising, this little one-hour film may be the end-all for the debate about Kubrick’s participation in any NASA activities. By the way, it is a mockumentary, mixing truth and fake elements, including names of people who are fictional characters. It becomes more outrageous as it proceeds, and it is ultimately wildly nuts.