Double Take

 

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FIRST MAN IN SPACE

NEWSREPORTER (voice):
The Soviet spaceship Vostok streaks into the heavens, shattering forever man’s isolation on earth.

TITLE:
FIRST MAN IN SPACE

NEWSREPORTER (voice):
A Russian cosmonaut circles the globe at 18 000 miles an hour.


JFK:
I do not regard the first man in space as a sign of the weakening of the free world,

TITLE:
MAJOR YURI GAGARIN
MOSCOW - APRIL 1961

JFK:
But I do regard the total mobilization of the communist block as a great danger to us, and we're going to have to live with this danger through much of the rest of this century.

REPORTER (voice):
Mounting the receiving stand, Gagarin salutes Premier Khrushchev and reports: ‘The world’s first space flight is accomplished. I feel very well.’

GAGARIN:
Майор Гагарин.
(MAJOR GAGARIN.)

REPORTER (voice):
Khrushchev embraces the cosmonaut in a bear hug and kisses him repeatedly on the lips.

Transcending the shadows of the Cold War, touching the hopes and imagination of all men, Gagarin’s words are unforgettable as he speaks of riding in space: ‘I saw, for the first time, the earth’s shape, I could easily see shards of continents, islands, great rivers. The feelings which filled me, I can express in one word: joy!’

STORY:
‘We have scripted this moment together’, my alter ego repeated.
— ‘It was 1962.’

REPORTER (voice):
Here we are! Here we are! That’s a man’s face. There it is! There it is!
There is the first live television picture across the Atlantic.

REPORTER (voice):
And now has it disappeared? Was that it?

STORY:
‘But it is 1962.’ I told him.
— ‘Certainly not’, he replied, ‘it’s 1980.’
— ‘So tell me then,’ I asked, ‘what’s happened in the last 18 years of our lives? Well, that is, in your past, which is now my future.

COSMONAUT SINGING:
I was strolling on the moon one day, tumtedumtedum.

TITLE:
THE FRESHEST IDEA IN COFFEE
FOLGERS

STORY:
‘What can I tell you?’, he replied. ‘The misfortunes you are already accustomed to will repeat themselves. In time,

HITCHCOCK:
BANG!

STORY:
you will come to see that cinema merely confirms the old language.

If we were successful, this is because we showed people what they recognized of
themselves. Guilt, desire, anxiety, love, death... Guilt. Above all, guilt.