First Man

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First Man

Aufbruch zum Mond

Damien Chazelle
USA, 2018
Features, 141min, OmdU

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First Man

Damien Chazelle
USA, 2018
Features, 141min, OmdU

Cast: 
Ryan Gosling
Neil Armstrong
Claire Foy
Janet Armstrong
Lukas Haas
Mike Collins
Corey Stoll
Buzz Aldrin
Pablo Schreiber
Jim Lovell
Jon Bernthal
Dave Scott
Kyle Chandler
Deke Slayton
Screenplay: 
Nicole Perlman
Josh Singer
Camera: 
Linus Sandgren
Editor: 
Tom Cross
Composer: 
Justin Hurwitz

Production: 
Amblin Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
Perfect World Pictures
Temple Hill Production
Universal Pictures
World Sales: 
Universal Pictures
Distribution in Austria: 
UPI Austria
Format: 
DCP
Color

A space odyssey of a special kind: Contrary to what one might have expected, this film is not a larger-than-life story about the first landing on the moon, but rather an intimate portrait of the astronaut Neil Armstrong and his obsessive preparations for the Apollo 11 mission. It took him years to achieve this goal, and Hollywood wunderkind director Damien Chazelle stages the venture as a hell of a ride between rocket engines that don’t inspire confidence and Armstrong’s family, being rather worried about the undertaking. FIRST MAN is rooted pretty much in the intimate, Chazelle uses a handheld camera to cover the daily details of his protagonist in close-ups. Chazelle’s LA LA LAND buddy Ryan Gosling is acting even more stoic than we know him on screen. Much fuss was made about the fact that the Armstrong in the film – other than his real-life counterpart – doesn’t plant an American flag on the moon but Damien Chazelle’s reply was brief: the landing on the moon, the director said, was a global event, not an American one – or like Neil Armstrong had put it in his famous one-liner: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” (Bob Curtis)

Damien Chazelle: GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH (2009), WHIPLASH (2014), LA LA LAND (2016)