Movistar + documentary: ‘La Luna: the hidden face of cinema’

Movistar + documentary: ‘La Luna: the hidden face of cinema’

In July of this year, 50 years have passed since man arrived on the Moon. To commemorate this event that changed the life of the human being, Movistar + premiered the documentary La Luna: the hidden face of cinema. In it he talks with film directors, scientists and experts in this area, who tell his vision of how this art has shown the space race.

Georges Méliès was the first to arrive on the Moon with his film Le voyage dans la Lune in 1902, where he showed how a ship hit the Moon. Obviously, it was science fiction based on books, because it was what it was at that time. However, he was a pioneer in showing what we do not see and so intrigues us: space. Then there were endless films with this theme, including 2001: Odyssey in Space by Stanley Kubrick or Apollo 13 by Ron Howard. Between one and the other there are 30 years of difference, but experts congratulate them for their respect for the laws of space.

The cinema has convinced us that there is sound in space

We are all aware that space has always had a place in cinema, although many of the aspects it shows are completely science fiction. In the documentary, film directors and experts in the space race certify what is really and what is not in some of the most significant films. One of the most surprising points is the presence of sound, because space governs silence. As they said in the Ridley Scott Alien movie, the eighth passenger: “Nobody can hear your screams here,” and they were right. Years later, in 2013, Alfonso Cuarón when filming Gravity did mention that they had taken this into account and that the sound was only present when the characters interacted with each other.

Another of the licenses that the cinema has taken is given by showing that the ships take off in a straight line. And now is when we ask ourselves: Ah, is that not so? The answer is no. In reality, assisted gravity is used, which consists in “escaping” the Earth’s gravitational field to enter the Moon’s. And this is achieved by making increasingly elliptical orbits that allow transferring from one orbit to another. That is why the trip to the Moon is so long, because changes and changes are made until reaching the lunar orbit. For now, this is the only way to get enough fuel. In Apollo 13, the favorite of the experts, the fear of not being able to return alive to the Earth is shown without resorting to artifice of cinema to thrill the viewer more.

Beyond the fact that the cinema has taken hold of certain aspects that are not entirely true to demonstrate that the arrival on the Moon was something sensational, it was really a decisive event for the life of man. Thanks to the development in the space race, we have achieved smaller computers, better telecommunications, Teflon and pacemakers. Neil Armstrong and his companions wore one, which from Earth was used to know if their pulsations were adequate or not. The story of the first man who stepped on the Moon can be seen in Damien Chazelle’s film First man, which premiered in 2018.

Animation has not wanted to be left behind in the conquest of space. Movies like Catch the flag or Planet 51 teach the little ones – and not so small – what life outside our planet consists of. In this type of movies science also takes out the magnifying glass. Although experts say that, on these occasions, they prefer to put aside their more scientific profile and enjoy the spectacle of the seventh art.

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