Prisoners of the Moon

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1st July 1990, Toronto Airport: an 83 year-old man is arrested for war crimes. Twenty-one years earlier Arthur Rudolph had been the much-honored linchpin of the first moon landing. In the year of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, this feature documentary tells the story of the only former Nazi to be stripped of his American citizenship and deported. When he tried to return, his Immigration Tribunal revealed much about the Germans who lead the moon shot, their wartime records, the cover-up that brought them to America, why it took forty years to investigate them, and why none of them were brought to trial. The film uses archive footage -- including original interviews with Rudolph -- revelatory witness interviews and courtroom dramatization to narrate this episode of untold history.

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  • This considered documentary blends archive, original interviews and reconstruction to track down an ugly, sticky thread from the great tapestry of self-congratulation that is forming around the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing.

    Jul 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Prisoners of the Moon remains fascinating. With some ruthless recutting, it could be a lot better.

    Jul 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While well cast, there are some scenes that may have been better served by a documentary style rather than a dramatic one.

    Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

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