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½ February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

(2002) Dark Side Of The Moon
DOCUMENTARY

As a film buff, if anyone has often wondered why critically acclaimed film director of such memorable films as "2001: A Space Odysssey" and "Dr. Strangelove" Stanley Kubrick doesn't come to America anymore, this film would've explained why, which has alot to do with the moon landings! This is a fascinating examination about Stanley Kubrick's personal experiences with former president Richard Nixon and his co-ordinates during the time when the United States were competing with Russia for bragging rights, in this case it's for being the first country to land on the moon, and during the Cold War too before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren even entered the picture! After the success of "2001: A Space Odyssey", Nixon's people hired Stanley Kubrick to fake a moon landing discouraging the Russians from actually doing this task first! After achieving this feat, Kubrick became extremely paranoid for he wasn't permitted to leak this to the local media or to the press and felt somwhat dictated and afraid of Nixon assuming that he had someone always tailing him making sure he wouldn't leak any of this information out which may include wire tapping whenever he'd used his phone. And chose to reside living in England for the rest of his remaining years! Some of the more interesting interviews in this documentary include astronaut Buzz Aldren!

One of the most interesting aspects about this are Kubrick's fake moon landing video can easily be spotted as opposed to the actual one from Aldren and Armstrong!

3.5 out of 4
August 28, 2010
Really a great example of media as it is today! One of my all time favourite experimental documentaries. It is so muach to the point. Its German title is Kubrick, Nixon und der Mann im Mond.
August 28, 2010
El final de este documental fue sorprendente
August 28, 2010
Interesting how you mind changes as you watch. First you think it is all rubbish. Then you start wondering... wow!..this could be true... then you think this sounds highly unlikely... Then you think.. just maybe... Then you laugh yourself silly... Great mocumentary....
August 28, 2010
Para ir abriendo los ojos
August 28, 2010
Moon hoax theory revisited but in the form of a convincing and compelling mockumentary. After Belgium's dramatic experience with the news mockumentary which partly attributed to a (still ungoing) governemental crisis, one will forgive me that I'm not convinced that the chosen format of documentary/news is appropriate. Granted it is well done and all very fascinating, but the danger of demagogy remains fairly real (certainly because one has to wait until the very end until the truth is "revealed"): so "opération lune" is fairly lunatic and perverse since it contributes to misinformation and confusion, while pretending to be a documentary. No, give me a 6th Sense instead, where the viewer is misled through acceptable means.
August 28, 2010
superb mockumentary ! crazy and funny moon theory
½ August 28, 2010
Really worth seeing.
August 28, 2010
A masterpiece. Learn how to understand what you're watching. Secret and lies and their interaction. Splendid !
August 28, 2010
Interesting mockumentary that reveals some seriously considered doubts over the past decades. Even more ridiculous yet hilarious with the important figures appearance.
August 28, 2010
(WARNING SPOILERS)
The Dark Side of the Moon is a seemingly real documentary about the Apollo 11 moon landings and how they were filmed on a set with the help of the CIA and Stanley Kubrick.

They backed it up with solid evidence and had guest appearances along the likes of Donald Rumsfield, Henry Kissenger, Buzz Aldrin and Christiane Kubrick, and former agents from the CIA

It is solidly believable until near the end when you recognise the people being interviewed include the likes of Dave Bowman and Jack Torrence.
With satire added along the way you realise you have been taken in on a joke.
At the end it is finally revealed to be a hoax, showing the actors laughing at the hilarity of the situation

In conclusion it is a very clever film showing how the media can portray certain things out of context and can manipulate information so easily.

Being an avid fan of Stanley Kubrick and the mockumentary style of satire I thoroughly enjoyed it.
August 28, 2010
Un mockumenteur fascinant réalisé de façon minutieuse.
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