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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Dark Side of the Moon was a mockumentary to show how the media can affect the way people think. It's not a serious movie. They cut interviews to make it say what they wanted it to say.
Dark Side of the Moon is a French mockumentary by director William Karel which originally aired on Arte in 2002 with the title Opération Lune. The basic premise for the film is the theory that the television footage from the Apollo 11 Moon landing was faked and actually recorded in a studio by the CIA with help from director Stanley Kubrick. It features some surprising guest appearances, most notably by Donald Rumsfeld, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, Buzz Aldrin and Stanley Kubrick's widow, Christiane Kubrick.
It is finally revealed that this is a mockumentary as the end credits roll over a montage of blooper reels, with the main participants laughing over the absurdity of their lines or questioning if particular ones would give the joke away too soon. Besides being a comedic documentary, it is also an exercise in Jean Baudrillard's theories of hyperreality. In a 2004 interview, the director was asked why he would elect to make a film "closer to a comedy than a serious film"; Karel replied that in the wake of having made serious documentaries, the objective was "de faire un film drôle" (to make a funny film).
With use of 'hijacked' archival footage, false documents, real interviews taken out of context or transformed through voice-over or dubbing, staged interviews, as well as, interviews with astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and others, Dark Side Of The Moon navigates the viewer through lies and truth; fact and fiction. This is no ordinary documentary. Its intent is to inform and entertain the viewer, but also to shake him up - make him aware that one should always view television with a critical eye.
Originally posted by mortje
Still scary how easily you can be misled. I'm talking for myself as well, though not in this particular case.
It's frustrating, how can you believe ANYTHING. Even written text or so-called research that has been done. It can all be manipulated .
Originally posted by Sator
I like the old saying:
Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see.
That goes for everything...
One thing you can always believe is what you feel...
Originally posted by John Matrix
In July 1969 I watched the moon landing with my grandfather. I remember him snickering, "balderdash...they ain't on the moon, this was all pre filmed out in the desert and in a studio".
I thought he was nuts....an old fogy...what did he know.......was I wrong? Was he right?
[edit on 25/1/09 by John Matrix]