Less a history lesson than a philosophical inquiry, Al Reinert's immaculately composed chronicle of humanity’s conquest of the moon lets the truly awesome original sounds and images do most of the talking, in 35mm no less! Culled entirely from contemporary NASA recordings and presented with a beauty and clarity never before seen, For All Mankind is a profoundly immersive cinematic experience of space travel. Equally impressive are the intimate observations and remembrances of the space shuttle crews; the astronauts themselves provide the only commentary, presented anonymously, the reverential voices forming a chorus of incredible shared experience and insight. While it's sublime in its contemplation of mankind's great endeavor, the film is also full of warmth and humor -- perhaps no other documentary features zero-G montages scored to Merle Haggard, or extended sequences of giggling moonwalkers falling on their face. A rich and remarkable fusion of focus, concision and wonder, For All Mankind aspires, like all the best visions of science, to the level of poetry.