posted on Jul, 2 2011 @ 01:37 PM
Dark Side of the Moon
Observing some of our classmates sparring intellectually with our least brilliant member, he commented to me with a sigh, “It is not sporting to
tease the village idiot.”
The mockumentary Dark Side of the Moon is a bit of mean humor, in my opinion; but that it is intended as humor is not an opinion. It starts
softly with one minor error after another, and continues steadily toward the absurd—by design.
I gather it included in its conception something to the effect of wishing to push the “suspension of disbelief” gently, until it breaks; or,
perhaps better stated as “How far can we go, before a viewer knows we are pulling his or her leg?” That some allow the film to go all the way…
well, to those, I gently offer the following:
* Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the moon” speech was in 1962, not 1961 (Gagarin went up in 1961).
* Luna 9 landed on the moon in February, not January, 1966.
* Korolev died following surgery to remove a polyp from his intestines, not his tonsils.
* Lyndon Johnson was never Governor of Texas.
* Nixon was never Governor of California.
* No Bush had any connection with Florida until 1980 when Jeb Bush moved his family there. The Cape, however, had become the new missile test
facility by 1950—when George H. W. Bush was twenty-six years old just out of college and entering the oil business in Texas. “W” was only
* “Jack Torrance” is a fictional character in Kubrick’s The Shining—not a Hollywood Producer and is played by David Winger (it is in
* Jan Harlan is actually Christiana Kubrick’s brother. You will note that you find the two discussing the “plot” of the film with Christiane
Kubrick sitting on the same couch with her. There is a hint.
* Michael Collins did very well after Apollo 11, Director of the Air and Space Museum amongst other things.
* Armstrong never entered a monastery (you are supposed to be laughing by this point).
* “David Bowman” is a fictional character in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, not a real astronaut and is played by Tad Brown (again, it
is in the credits).
* “Maria Vargas” (The Barefoot Contessa) is played by Jacquelyn Toman who is not Buzz Aldrin’s sister.
* “Eve Kendall” is a fictional character in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and was not Nixon’s secretary (her name was Rose
Marie Woods) and is played by Barbara Rogers.
* “Dimitri Muffley” is a play on the names from Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (Soviet Premier Dimitri and American President Muffley) and is
not a “former KGB agent.” He is played by Bernard Kirschoff.
* “Ambrose Chapel” is the name of a place in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, not an “ex-CIA agent” who is played by John
* “George Kaplan” (mentioned by narrator) is a fictional character within a fictional character in the Hitchcock film, North by
* “McDonald’s wrappers everywhere!”
* “We kept his body for the kids to play with!”
* Andy Rogers, Jim Gow, Vince Brown, and Bob Stein—I am sure there is a joke in these names—but I cannot find it.
* W. A. Keonigsberg (W. A. is for “Woody Allen,” as Koenigsberg is Woody Allen’s true name. The character is played by Binem Oreg.
* “…an ‘acidic’ Jew..” Get it?
* “When they found out he was a Jew, they forced him to altar their suits!”
* General Vernon A. Walters – the death notice is fictional. He did die, but the quote from the paper is manufactured.
So, somebody please enlighten me as to the Rogers, Gow, Brown and Stein joke.