The astronauts of the songs do not sing about the drama Damien chazelle the “First person”

From “La La land” to the “First person”

The film continues the collaboration of Director Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, proved extraordinarily successful two years ago, when the actor played a jazz pianist in the musical Damien Chazelle “La La land”. From this picture in the “First human being” “migrated” yet, and composer Justin Hurwitz and cinematographer Linus Sandgren, who, like Damien of Sazell, it received the award “Oscar”.

The filmmakers seem to have set itself a fundamental task will not be repeated. Almost nothing in common between the two paintings is not — “the First man”, telling the story of Neil Armstrong, who first walked on the moon, running open emotion, bright colors and loud energetic sounds, characteristic for the musical, instead offering a quietly and slowly to admire the views of the upper layers atmsophere and Earth from space. “Grain”, the shaking, the eyes and the silence

Features is not always a comfortable narrative style, which will designed all the long 2 hours and 20 minutes of the movie, Damien shazell of the shows from the first frames — Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), as a test pilot, flying through the thick clouds, bringing the pod to bluish boundary of the atmosphere, where weightlessness throws in the cockpit ball pen in the air.

The plane is deafening rumbles and shakes violently. Knowingly violating the standards of smooth, which is nice modern “lacquered” Hollywood movie in time with him shaking and the image on the screen, almost on a physical level, transmitting to the audience the uncomfortable feeling of overcoming gravity power machine.

In the helmet of the hero is reflected by the edge of the sky, through which looked through his sharp eyes. In-cab sound rare commands of the control center, which the hero performs silently. The first word Neil Armstrong said when barely landed the plane. As short as possible to indicate that the aircraft was landed. Similar scenes in the “First person” — in abundance.

Restrained heroic 1960s

“Grainy” image is an homage to American cinema of the 1960-ies — the decade and the film takes place. And on the screen a dotted line shows the events of nearly ten years — from 1961, when Neil Armstrong learns about a new set NASA space program until 1969 when he steps on the lunar surface.

The scale of these events is justified and a long duration of ribbon — the attention paid to the selection of astronauts, training, and flight training (both on the Ground and in space), marked by painful accidents and tragedies. Shown, of course, and land a spacecraft on the moon, which will present as hard as possible (like in action movies when the wire is cut a second before the explosion), defeating the knowledge of the audience of a happy ending.

Grows with time, the pattern and by the relatively dormant contemplative scenes. The authors are surrounded by significant opaqueness of the hero, peering into his eyes and exploring the space of the human soul. The attention they give to and indicative of pent-up emotion of his wife Janet, played by Claire Foy, touching the shiny pupils which is not just (or two, or even three) as possible — full screen — coffee the camera. Personal, American, universal

The story of the landing on the moon Damien of Sazell with different success meanings at three levels — personal, American and universal, it is deep feelings of the protagonist bringing to the fore. In 1961 Neil Armstrong after a serious illness dying little daughter. Dedicating a touching illustration of her debut picture, the authors are regularly reminded about this death as a kind of melodramatic force that will propel the hero forward.

But the American perspective of the picture, svyazannaya with the space race USA and USSR open in the “First person” to a minimal extent.

Abscess intense confrontation erupts only once, when astronaut Edward white (Jason Patric) is furious watching on TV a report about the spacewalk by Alexei Leonov, ahead in this endeavor it.

Pass by heroes, focus on the issues of the space program, and internal political problems of the United States. So the famous speech of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, in which he set the goal to put a man on the moon Damien shazell of places after the fact — the heroes who returned from the moon, looking at the tape on TV.

In fact, the Director prefers Patriotic human, starting from the famous phrase of Neil Armstrong about his “huge step.” This is due to his decision not to show the flying on the moon American flag (which not everyone in the US took smooth), but try leaping over the public, to bind together identity and space.

In the end, in the “First person” turns out to be a lot of scenes in which the hero looks, with his head on the moon (which he thinks is impervious — not tell), and then — on the contrary, pointedly quiet space watching the Earth. With the emotions that diligently Ryan Gosling is not so secret.

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