A triumph of film art, creating on the screen a vast, awe-inspiring picture of the universe as it would appear to a voyager through space, this film was among the sources used by Stanley Kubrick in his 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Perfect for a double session with 1977 "Powers of Ten". What that other one has in formal simplicity and sobriety this one has in drama and changes of pace. A feat achieved not only by a gorgeous black and white cinematography but also by a brilliant soundtrack and narration, reminiscent of TV Shows like The Twilight Zone. "To go to this planet* would take an immense courage", we hear. So much, so little has changed.
A fascinating achievement for 1960 that still stands as more than just a dated curio in its efforts. The Kroiton/Low film is truly an artistic triumph in its examination of the galaxy and a highpoint in the NFB archive.
Majestic and enthralling. Elegant photography; extraordinary sound... Every element working in conjunction to exert an irresistible pull on my imagination and attention so I'm rapt and wide-eyed and wondrous like a kid. Capital F Film that also happens to be a documentary. Documentary that also happens to be magic. Thanks NFB!
Astounding that this was made in 1960. Also interesting how it emphasized the darkness of the universe rather than the wonder (I'm thinking of Malick's Tree of Life and the beauty of the cosmos). Because this is in black and white and uses a menacing score, there's a sense of the universe's vastness and just how frightening and unfathomable outer space is. What are we? Where did we come from? How can we ever know?
I don't hand out 5s regularly, but this one deserves it. Earth to Mubi, more of this please; facts to the moon, what an elegant little film. Undermentioned by the other pundits, the sounds and script were eerily delightful, as was the mixture of deep space with the lonely night of one professor. Originally I had slated 4 stars, but the closing credits pushed this gem into 5. https://www.nfb.ca/film/universe/
Pretty interesting, I feel like I might have been missing out on this content in UK. Though a little dated I've never seen anything quite like, a weirdly creative, engaging, informative and philosophical film.