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Mike Z

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From: Ellicott City, Maryland
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posted 10-01-2007 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have been watching and taping Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The War" about World War II. It's a seven day 15 hour documentary on PBS Television. Like everything he has done, including Baseball and the Civil War, it is outstanding! We have learned so much about the Second World War. I would love to see Ken Burns do a documentary on Space Flight or Man in Space. I think he would do a wonderful job!!

Mike Z

Peter S

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From: Toronto, Ontario , Canada
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posted 10-02-2007 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter S   Click Here to Email Peter S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny, I was thinking the exact same thing. I recently also watched his "BaseBall" documentary, as well as a shorter one he did about Frank Lloyd Wright, and they really are very well done. He'd do a great job, I'm sure.

ahh....we can dream.....



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posted 10-02-2007 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What more could possibly be done that the new movie "In the Shadow of the Moon."

Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-02-2007 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Wehaveliftoff:
What more could possibly be done that the new movie "In the Shadow of the Moon."
Well, let's see: Mercury, Gemini, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, unmanned planetary missions, and the engineers and scientists behind all of that, to say nothing of the other astronauts, etc.

I'm told "In The Shadow of the Moon" is a fine film, but it's not the be all and end all of space documentaries, nor do I believe that David Sington intended it to be. In fact, it's not even the be all and end all of Apollo documentaries, given how much of the program it doesn't (nor set out to) cover.


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posted 10-02-2007 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed, Robert. I think the documentary is a wonderful and engaging introduction to the subject for the general public. It's not, and I don't think was intended to be, a Burns-style exploration. You'd be hard pressed to know that Apollos 9 and 10 ever existed, watching the documentary, as the story focuses elsewhere.

Of course, there has already been a Ken-Burns-style spoof documentary about the space program...

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