Dark Side of the Moon is a French documentary by director William Karel which …originally aired on Arte in 2002 with the title Opération Lune. The basic premise for the film is the theory that the television footage from the Apollo 11 Moon landing was faked and actually recorded in a studio by the CIA with help from director Stanley Kubrick. It features some surprising guest appearances, most notably by Donald Rumsfeld, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, Buzz Aldrin and Stanley Kubrick’s widow, Christiane Kubrick. The tone of the documentary begins with low key revelations of NASA working closely with Hollywood at the time of the Moon landings. Over the course of the tale, Karel postulates that not only did Kubrick help the USA fake the moon landings but that he was eventually killed by the CIA to cover up the truth. First hand testimony backing these claims comes from Rumsfeld and Dr. Kissinger, which lend credence to the story.

(OK so as some of you have figured out already, this is a spoof! If your intuition told you so, full marks! It goes to show what can be done with clips edited together where someone has made a “movie” from existing material to create a credible story. Your greatest gift is your intuition so even if a trusted source puts out something that doesn’t feel like the whole truth, trust your guts!)

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