Apollo, Segment 3001 (in the Documentary section of Open Video Project). [Category: News]

This is a clip from an “Aeronautics and Space Report,� announcing the Apollo 13 mission. This has historical interest as it is interesting to see the pre-launch perspectives on the ill-fated mission. The person who digitized this clip should be shot, though. The opening credits suddenly stop (with the sound that you get when you suddenly stop a record player’s motor and it slows to a stop) and then start up again from the beginning, reminding one of the repeated credit sequences in Monty Python’s “The Bishop.� And somehow the clackety-clack sound of the film projector was recorded on the soundtrack! This really brings back the old days of 16mm films and incompetent projectionists.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.

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