November 10, 2009

映画「ザ・ムーン」で感動! / Movie "In the Shadow of the Moon"

僕の大好きな映画、「アポロ13」。
ロン・ハワード監督がアポロ13号の宇宙での爆発事故から奇跡の生還までを描いた、実話に基づく作品であり、アカデミー賞2部門を受賞した感動の物語です。

そのロン・ハワード監督が、NASAの秘蔵映像や政治背景を交えながら、アポロ計画全体を紹介する映画が「ザ・ムーン」です。

「私は人生のうちで3日間、月を"マイホーム"と呼んで過ごしました。」

ある宇宙飛行士のこの一言から映画は始まり、月に降り立った宇宙飛行士たちのインタビューをベースに話が進んでいくのですが、彼らの一言一言の重さが心に響きました。 

パソコンや携帯電話はもちろん、ウォークマンさえ無い時代に、38万km離れた月の土地を踏んだ男たちは、何か人生を悟りきったような、そんな説得力のある言葉で語りかけてくるのが印象的でした。

人類初の月面着陸を果たしたアポロ11号から今年でちょうど40年。しかしアポロ計画の宇宙飛行士12人以外に月へ降り立った者はいまだに一人もいないのです。40年後に月がまたこんなにも遠い存在になってしまうとはその時は誰も思っていなかったでしょう。
感動した言葉がいくつもありましたが、書ききれないので二つだけ書いておきます。

ジム・ラヴェル(アポロ13号 船長):
我々は月を知ることで、実は地球について知った
遠く離れた月で親指を立てると、親指の裏に地球が隠れる
すべてが隠れる
愛する人たちも、仕事も、地球自体の問題も
すべて隠れてしまう

我々は何と小さな存在だろう
だが何と幸せだろう
この肉体をもって生まれてきて
この美しい地球で人生を謳歌することができて

マイク・コリンズ(アポロ11号 司令船操縦士):
帰還後、我々3人は世界を凱旋して回った
どこへ行っても「アメリカはやりましたね」ではなく
「私たち人類はやりましたね」と言われた

ヨーロッパ、アジア、アフリカ
異なる国々の人々が皆強い口調で"私たち"と言うのを
聞いたのは初めてだった
わずかな間だったが、素晴らしい事だった






Inspiring Movie "In the Shadow of the Moon"

This movie, presented by Ron Howard who is also a director of the Academy Award-winning film Apollo 13, starts with a single phrase.

"I called the moon my home for 3 days of my life."

Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecrafts voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. In the Shadow of the Moon brings together for the first - and possibly the last - time surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission that flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words.

This 100min movie is full of their inspiring words and digitally remastered NASA film footage (much of it never used before.)
These guys are beyond all praise and the footages are beautiful beyond words.

Here are some of their words.

Jim Lovell, the Commander of the Apollo 13:

We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon, you can put your thumb up, and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb.
Everything that you have ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself, all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are. But then how fortunate we are to have this body, and to be able to enjoy living here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.
Mike Collins, the Command Module Pilot of Apollo 11:
After the flight of Apollo 11, the three of us went on a round the world trip. Wherever we went, people, instead of saying, "Well, you Americans did it," everywhere they said, "We did it. We humankind. We the human race. We people did it," and I had never heard of people in different countries use this word "We," "We," "We," as emphatically as we were hearing from Europeans, Asians, Africans - wherever we went it was, "We finally did it." I thought that was a wonderful thing. Ephemeral, but wonderful.



2 comments:

  1. Hello again Hayden :) This is a new movie right? Is it any good? I watched Apollo 13 too, I cried watching that movie. Hehe. I'm just too sensitive.

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  2. Hi Didz. No, this is a 2005(or 6 ?) movie. But the DVD was just released this summer here in Japan.
    I watched Apollo13 and this movie last week and the week before. And I cried both :) I'm sensitive, too, especially when it comes to this kind of documentary.

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