Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

2002, Conspiracy  -   181 Comments
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Dark Side of the MoonHow could the flag flutter when there's no wind on the moon? During an interview with Stanley Kubrick's widow an extraordinary story came to light. She claims Kubrick and other Hollywood producers were recruited to help the U.S. win the high stakes race to the moon.

In order to finance the space program through public funds, the U.S. government needed huge popular support, and that meant they couldn't afford any expensive public relations failures. Fearing that no live pictures could be transmitted from the first moon landing, President Nixon enlisted the creative efforts of Kubrick, whose 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968) had provided much inspiration, to ensure promotional opportunities wouldn't be missed.

In return, Kubrick got a special NASA lens to help him shoot Barry Lyndon (1975). A subtle blend of facts, fiction and hypothesis around the first landing on the moon, Dark Side Of The Moon illustrates how the truth can be twisted by the manipulation of images.

With use of 'hijacked' archival footage, false documents, real interviews taken out of context or transformed through voice-over or dubbing, staged interviews, as well as, interviews with astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and others, Dark Side Of The Moon navigates the viewer through lies and truth; fact and fiction. This is no ordinary documentary. Its intent is to inform and entertain the viewer, but also to shake him up - make him aware that one should always view television with a critical eye.

Directed by: William Karel

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9 months ago

All of the so called evidence put forward by the Pro Apollo Nutters has been de-bunked at the Nasascam site. In a nutshell no evidence whatsoever they went to the Moon, but plenty of evidence proving NASA faked the Apollo moon missions.

1 year ago

Most skeptics and other self appointed experts don't take a lot of things into consideration. The missions were tracked. Other countries knew where the astronauts were. Of course a hoax believer would say all evidence is fake. Even evidence independent of NASA. Usually someone denies something they aren't experienced in. Most never visited the air and space museum, or read anything on NASA. If they said it can't be done......... That's it. It can't be done in their minds, and no evidence, not moon rock samples, not videos, or pictures will convince them. Some have said they wouldn't believe it if they were flown to the moon and showed the landing sites. Well, that says a lot. Why bother. In today's world people laugh at skeptics claiming we never went to the moon. It's very silly, but there are millions who believe it never took place. How sad. A simple Google search shows all the proof, and mistakes on the hoax sites. To bad some will never listen. All they do is laugh, make jokes, and say how all believers are sheep.

1 year ago


100% faked case closed

Phiip Morrison
1 year ago

Well how come there's been no manned missions to anywhere in outer space since the Apollo missions?

Suspicious minded Manny
2 years ago

Falsifying the truth and counterfeiting the lie

2 years ago

This documentary seems t be fake. Notice that neither Stanley Kubrick's wife nor any of those politicians ever mention filming of the moon landing. It looks like they were referring to something else and their speeches were used in a way to appear they are referring to the filming of the moon landing. The entire documentary seems very fake.

2 years ago

even astronaut gus grissom said it was all bollocks, then he was murdered

4 years ago

This is the wrong doc., I assume. It is pro mainstream narrative.

johan bout
4 years ago

what baffles me is this: if there IS actual footage of the darkside of the moon, why arent we shown it. if its there some where ... i like to see it. i hope that we dont get the same stuf dissed out when we go to MARS........ but perhaps then they enlist the financial help of the NESTLE chocolate company......????

Robert McCulloch
6 years ago

Everything these bastards say and do has an ulterior motive, everything! If their mouth is open, they are manipulating something. So what were they trying to get away with in this film?
How old is that film? It's just about the same time people started to doubt the truth of the moon landing, the end of the Vietnam war, the fall of Nixon and the Watergate scandal... The cat was out of the bag and soon everyone would find out the truth.
These crooks were just covering their asses over the assignation of the people that made the film. That's all.

6 years ago

The fact faces like Rumsfeld and Kisinger are ridiculing the conspiracy tells me a lot.

6 years ago

Funny,I didn't read a single comment that that applies good scientific practice to hypothesize,let alone confirm or deny. Conjecture and opinion prove nothing but their own existence.Nasa claims the moons gravitational force is 1/6th that of earth,(what does this mean?)is there any evidence in the moon landing films that support this claim?Any physics professor or mathmatician care to chime in? didn't think so

mike m
7 years ago

Watched it.
no pazzaz

mike m
7 years ago

Some of the most astounding comments i've ever seen.
Now I see how Trump stayed in there so long.
There's more of 'em out there then I thought!

7 years ago

Eyepopping "i would hate for my future generations to not be able to view what an amazing thing the earth's moon really is." I think you will be dead about 2.8 Million years by then

Brian B
7 years ago

Nice to find out this was the Spinal Tap of the moon landing documentaries. Something didn't seem right and then thanks to the internet I found out this was a mocumentary .

7 years ago

They almost got me there, especially because of the very credible witnesses involved, but for the entire film in the back of my had I was thinking: "why would officials and direct witnesses come forward revealing a scandal o such proportions in a documentary?". Very well crafted. Some of the questions raised about the real problems filming on the moon still "buzz" in my head... would the flag flap? Would the foot print be so deep and clean cut? What about the two light sources in one of the pictures? Would the camera not be affected by extreme temperature changes? Maybe they actually went to the moon, but still faked the film for technical limitations (?)

Leigh Atkins
7 years ago

Why is this on a documentary website?

8 years ago

No doubt a fantastic mockumentary by William Karel. It is a brilliant
way to further cover up the greatest political secret in human
I wanted to ask all of you a simple question. What all
does humans do when they walk in the desert or in the mountains?
Especially if it is the first time they are there?
Answer: They all
go to climb the highest peak to see the view, to get the big
perspective. For some reason none of the 6 landings ever did this?...
There is not one wide shot made from the lunar surface of the horizon.
Why is that? Not a big enough studio? All the 360 shots are stitched
together in the same small valley with almost identical close range
peaks. And when these poor three astronauts returned and sat down at the
conference. They did not sound or look like men who had achieved the
mission impossible. They were shitting bricks not to say the wrong
thing, since the price was kind of high... Just look what happened to
dear teammate Gus Grissom and comp. Nonetheless it was a great
achievement to get away with it, politically speaking . But we are now
soon 50 years ahead of the times. And it is all there so very clear, yet
history still insists on feeding us with this great lie. I am not even
upset just wondering how long people are willing to deny the truth? And
the so called hard evidence they brought back is a nice collection of
old NASA meteors. Obviously passing all tests. I must say this little
film is really a high level of intelligent cover up play. No better way
to mock and make fun about things that are delicate. A simply brilliant

8 years ago

Fake, mashup of video clips out of context, not a documentary!

Fulca Nelly
9 years ago

It seems impossible that so many people think this is a serious film. It is a mockumentary, it is mockery of the moon-hoax! Search Wikipedia for "Dark Side Of The Moon (film)"
Half of the people interviewed are fictional characters, with names coming from Hitchcock and Kubrick films: Eve Kendall, Ambrose Chapel, George Kaplan, Jack Torrance, Dave Bowman, Dimitri Muffley... LOL!

13RA Clay
9 years ago

omg i love what they did with this. well done!

10 years ago

Interestingly, anyone who claims it is impossible that they faked the moon landings is deluding themselves. With that said, I have no doubt that 12 men landed on the moon, (that we know of) not because of irrefutable facts, but because I have seen way to many interviews from all the people involved, and they are quite simply not that good of actors, nor can their actions (foot prints, etc) be removed from the moon's surface, which can now be confirmed by lunar orbitors. The idea that Nixon would do whatever he felt necessary (take phony pictures just in case) is not only plausible, but highly likely considering the known nature of the individual.
If people wish to pursue 'conspiracy theories' that are actually valid, start with the assassination of JFK. There is no doubt that there was more than one shooter, (bang....bang, bang - confirmed by the Zapruder film - impossible from a single bolt action rifle), and anyone who contests the kill shot came from in front of Kennedy, forgets that Jackie Kennedy, while in shock, climbed onto the back of the car to retrieve the large piece of her husband's skull that would have been on the windshield in front of him, had the shot come from the rear. (critical thinking) Any questions?

Harold Rottencock
10 years ago

The Freemasons is an "old boys" club, nothing more. Having an open mind is one thing, but believing every stupid thing presented to you is another matter entirely.

10 years ago

General Vernon Walters. A Frenchman. Former director of the CIA.....LOL

10 years ago

at the seen where a local vietnam/cambodian person was talking(part 5/6), the translation is wrong the guy was saying about how much it cost him, at 600 per kilo, 10 kilo is already 6000. not about a person arriving in his village. the translation is fake.

10 years ago

Belief is a chosen ignorance. What is so hard to see about a story of another story. The fear is to admit that we can be so easily desceived either way. There is no such thing as truth only chosen ignorant bliss. I know that when it comes to money and power anything can and will be done to keep the money and the power.

Philip Fallico
11 years ago

You can tell its fake by the out-of-context clips of Rumsfeld

11 years ago

Whatever you search for, you will find it.

11 years ago

Armstrong and Aldrin, 33rd degree and 32nd degree masons, respectively. Look into it.

11 years ago

Amazing comments about fuel consumption here: what these "moon-landing-deniers" forget is that the rockets (all THREE stages) not only lift the command module, but all the fuel required. As the craft travels, it burns more and more fuel and as a result weighs less and less. Each stage gets jettisoned, lightening the load for the next stage. EVentually, after all the stages have completed their burns, that left only the command module and the lander.
The command module stayed in lunar orbit while the Eagle landed on the moon. Only a portion of the lander left the Moon's surface and quickly accellerated into lunar orbit.
Once rendezvous was accomplished and the lander module jettisoned, it was a quick jaunt back to earth.
Oh, never mind,
There's just no convincing some people.

11 years ago

"Dark Side of the Moon is a French mockumentary 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, Vernon Walters, Buzz Aldrin and Stanley Kubrick's widow, Christiane Kubrick."

Do you really think members of the American government would admit it if the moon landings were fake?

11 years ago

it is hilarious that they used 3 names from hitchcock films: Eve Kendall, Abrose Chapel, and George Caplan. I thought maybe the first two were coincidences but when I heard Caplan, I laughed my butt off. What a waste of my time...

11 years ago

Holy smoke, a few nutjobs on this thread.

It's clearly a spoof documentary and the director had obviously cut and pasted archive footage to make you think they were discussing the moon landings.

Think about some of the ridiculous narrator comments and others by some of the participants!

"We put gold foil on the rockets - it served no purpose whatsoever, but we wanted them to look very expensive" lol

"For the stars they used huge sheets of paper with pins holes" lol

"We moved the launchpad so the sun would be directly behind it so it would look spectacular" Cheaper to move the camera position - lol

There are many more absurdities that any intelligent person would immediately pick up.

Actually the last 10 minutes of the film is missing, and the jokes get funnier and more obvious.

Anyone who thinks this is evidence of a lunar hoax is rather missing the point and is probably confused about other things too.

11 years ago

I tend to believe that the mythology of the moon is like any other mythology. The moon has two sides. One is the mythology of the Heavens, and the other the mythology of he Earth.

12 years ago

Hmm....I'ts been awhile since I've stopped by and I see that as predicted the IQ's of the 'We Didn't land On The Moon' conspiracy theory nut bags is still in free fall.
I might accept this kind of foolishness from Cyrax and Flyrax but you guys aren't even funny!

12 years ago

When I read the title I thought "OOoo a Pink Floyd documentary!" I was so excited... I was like :D. I then read the description... I became :~(. Not another moon landing conspiracy video cr@p. *sighs*

I believe it happened, but the video was clearly faked. Sorry ... but beyond the flag waving, there was just no way that video could be crystal clear in space...not with all of the interference of space sound waves and other waves that could alter or interfere singles. I doubt that film could be possible with all those space waves and energy throwing about and the technology at the time wasn't advanced enough to fix bad reception in space. With that said, I'm still researching and studying the matter on my own... media, government, education, etc... their all in the game of lying to the people. The only way to make sure anything is true or not, is to go out and do your own documentary research.

12 years ago

I think the landings were faked! If there were all ready Alien beings all ready on the moon telling us not to land again or not to tell earth that the moon is basically a telescope looking down on us. But i have seen many documentary's and one that i remember was that they have a air force base with our moon built inside it. One guy had got into this hanger with a video cam i had saw video cam rails all over this room with the massive slabs of the moon plates assembled like a sphere in the middle of the room when he asked about the rails he was asked to leave why? Because he was close to finding out the truth i think anyway. I also know we have sent probs to mars and have found a heat signature under the surface of the planet that looked like a underground city, they only had a moment to look before they seen a bright light coming from the surface then the satellite was shoot down. You can find these videos on youtube and project camelot also on youtube, please keep looking into these type of videos and files coz the USA, Russa, UK, China are all rulled by the master puppeteer who is always looking to fool the common man for power and control.

12 years ago

The film makes a lot of sense. I paused it 30 minutes through, then went to see Transformers dark of the moon for a second time. This time I saw it not in 3-D. I took notes and when I came back home from the Theatre I un-paused the Focumentary (documentary that tries to mock but is made backwards as the French are, not unregettably, at least France has publically disclosed its UFO/ETI files.)... to find that as i have suspected somehow my whole life, that Kubrick s' 2001: A Space Oddessy all by itself feels suspicious, never-mind the proof that the White House and Hollywood work closer then previously imagined. What really should set people off? How about Hollywood and the white house doing 9/11 working with Extra Terrestrial intelligences, working in tandem, or try-laterally? I have absolute proof. Donald R. and H. Kissinger played in both time-space operas, Apollo 11 and 9/11. But their parts were played down, when compared to the role the Previous President played as well as warmly forgiven characters (Michael Moore) some consider neoanderthalesque heroes. The evidence of a 9/11 code embeds itself in crop formations. We can think of many heroes in this "deepartment". Not enough room here to explain. But the moon is involved, it's position on Jan. 1st of 2000, matches a code that targeted 9/11 via crop circles. You require the very book I am writing. How about. We faked going to the moon because the moon itself is fake, put in place to create life on earth. The moon is the controlling pillar. The moon is metal, hollow, and used as a time-machine, or teleportation device to travel anywhere in the galaxy. That is how we all got here on earth, but the moon's function as this device fell out of repair when the Great Pyramid was dismantled. The moon naturally helps amplify cosmic rays from Cygnus, which is where the dream-body of the human consciousness gets it's "light". This is displayed at Gobekli-tepe in stone, a sun in Cygnus, 1,000,000 brighter than our sun, yet we see it dimmed by the dust of the milky-way’s Great Cygnus Rift. Going back in time 90,000 years the larger than life energen stream coming from CygnusB-12 and Cygnus x-1 unblocked by the dust is what helped the second wave of humans to get here, travelling of course through the center of the moon, and from the moon-sea to earth. How ironic and unforn that today, 1) this information is tangled in loose-end new age conspiracy, and 2) we faked getting back there in 69 when once upon a time we all came through the moon, here?, at least that’s how our astral spirit found its body. With the help of mushrooms. The Great Pyramid and its caves is the human attempt to get back to the underworld of the moon-gate, through ritual and magic of the dead. The area above Orion’s right arm between the horns of the bull is a place the priests were sending off the king’s soul, or human souls, to be reborn in the duat. The entrance to the duat was opened on earth in 4493 BC, or 350 years after “Adam” was created. By 4243 BC, the Pleiadian Gods (aka watchers), who arrived in 17,250 BC, on Mars had waited 5 sothic cycles or, 7300 years before they grew tired of their human creation on earth which took advantage of the Cromagnon and Neanderthal DNA archetypes, the backbone of evolution of all humanoid types. Many Humanoid types were taken from here though the moon, some were brought back here to learn ‘our history’ that is us now. The super-union of Atlantean and Lemurian intelligence is America as we (it) previously wiped out the native neanderthals peaceably living here. This is the final part of the divine plan where ET’s (autobots) and the Global Elite (decepticons) join forces (9/11) to fulfill our book of Revelations for us. the Second Christ is the Swan Song. The head of the dragon is Yawawy. And it has been cut off, since the days when the whole Bill-game=shh Epic begin and a flood, plague, and nuclear war changed into the political game we play today. With the matrix key of leadership, and the golden reed, I climb higher the tree of life from which the emerald tablet hung. The Y2K position of the Pole Star and the Moon as Yahaweh/allah did 9/11. In mathematical equations it is: 21.6 x 216 = 4665.6 = Aftermath number of 9/11 and formula of a hypercube or, sphere of the ultimate womb.
Weaving truths like an agile angel undone in the sun. i so/sew/saw/see as much as Cacye and Gooch combined. Gobekli Tepe is the "Space bridge" the Star Gate, Where Enkidu became a ghost in the machine mysteriously called Adam. I am the reincarnation of Enki, solving the spot where Adam was sucked into the Earth for a mysterious burial, which birthed the idea of religion/archaeoastronomy/farming/language by means of the pillars which are star-time-gates of the oldest astrology.

12 years ago

a nice mockumentary!

12 years ago

Well that was a great documentary, very thought provoking, and somewhat annoying.

12 years ago

thanks T D F ...(wishin a long film)

12 years ago

To all those Conspiracy theory believers: If the moon landing was just a hollywood fake, then how come there has never been a peep out of the Soviets - who would have been the first one out there screaming FAKE if going to the moon is so difficult to do. It doesn't take much to figure out whether or not something is genuinely originating from the moon. Also If it was faked, with so many people working on the space program and on the scientific data gathered over all those years, how come there hasn't been any peep about it being faked.

The only "fake" believers are those on the outside of the whole space program nitpicking so-called "anomalies" that they can't understand or don't wish to investigate further as evidence. A classic saying in science is "the absence of evidence doesn't prove the evidence of absence". i.e. there may be other explanations for the alleged "anomaly" but until you disprove them, presenting it as evidence of a "fake" is not proof. Makes a good story for the uninformed masses but that doesn't make it real. That's the point of the film - check out the evidence and not just believe everything you see. It is easy to craft something that is believable but totally wrong. As proof, see what Creationists have been doing to spread their "truth" about Evolution and how when confronted by the scientific community in the Dover trial what evidence they had was not evidence at all.

12 years ago

If the moon landings where faked, they where faked very well for pepole to still discuss if they where true or not.
I dont think they where faked becouse, it would take 100s of pepole to fake (think camera men, sound pepole, set builders, editors, lighting crews, equipment, etc etc).
If any of these pepole where involed surely by now there would be a convincing deathbed or for money confession with proof by somebody.

i can believe films have been touched up, or even a backup film set was created in case of failure of mission or transmissions, maybe some parts of the films where faked to cover up errors or problems with filming..

In otherwords the landing must of been true, as so far it has been not proven to not be ture.

12 years ago

Hey this is a great spoof,...I confess I fell for it but happily started to research it, fascinated esp. by the bit with the luminaries Helms, Kissinger, Rumsfeld et al,...not sure, I did notice their lips didn't exactly match their words,..also saw the Jack Torrance bit,...but still bought it. They didn't claim in the movie the moon shot didn't happen, this was suppose to be back up footage,...the little pic of Kubrick in the dirt, that should have clued me up. I enjoyed being fooled and it reminds me check check check !
Regarding other movie 'this is true' spoofs is "Fargo" a classic mash up story which claimed complete truth. The Japanese woman who supposedly went searching for the suitcase of money, that wasn't true either.
Of course Snopes and other web sites not specialize in debunking or verifying.
Here's one story that is such a tangled web it is difficult to unravel "Report from Iron Mountain". I suspect it may be true and they are hiding behind the we were just kidding line. Point is this, if you want to hide something the best palce is in the open.

Another fascinating site I highly recommend is the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Google it .
The whole point is what do we think we know and how true is it?

12 years ago

this website should be used by schools, if any education system would make any sense.
thanx Vlatko!

Arnold Vinette
12 years ago

I have read all of the comments with regards to “The Dark Side of the Moon”. Could it be that both events really happened? The United States did go to the moon and that the astronauts were filmed on a film stage for safety and security reasons to guarantee film footage.

Watching this documentary I thought it was neat with regards to what editors can do with sound bits to build a story. To be honest though this happens in every staged production in the movies and on TV today. No better example of this is an animated feature where all of the actors lines are recorded before hand separately and then assembled together.

So did the astronauts really go to the moon? There is evidence that they have with regards to the lunar reflectors. Since 1969 I have believed that the US Space Program was genuine.

However on the flip side I can easily why the White House could have faked some shots to create a better program.

So perhaps both theories are true. In a modern movie some footage is taken on location and some footage in the studio.

In the new moon landing scenario, spacecraft and astronauts really did go to the moon. These astronauts however were not the ones filmed on the sound stages.

In case an Apollo moon mission failed or the astronauts were sicked by space radiation these astronauts were kept hidden from public scrutiny. Where as the other land based astronauts, the stars of the show did their takes on a sound stage.

In this way both scenarios are now possible. The United States did fly to the moon, and did fake the lunar films. And this was only done to ensure the safety and continuity of the real space program.

Experiments were conducted on the lunar surface and real lunar rocks were returned to Earth. However not by the astronauts we think returned them.

Just some ideas I had after having read all of the comments above with regards to the dangers of space travel from the Earth to the Moon and back again with regards to space radiation.

Arnold Vinette
Ottawa, Canada

12 years ago

@Stoneman, bs, the goverment would lie to us in a minute. They lie everyday to us.

12 years ago

Oh my lord....This movie is about how the media can be used to convince people of crazy things. It's about promoting skepticism. If you didn't realize that this movie was not even about the Moon Landing by the end of it then it went way over your head.

12 years ago

@Pheldestat Ask one question to all free thinking people and be objective. Since the mid 1970's we have sent over 20 probes to mars and not one single mission had a man a board.
Common sense would force us to simply ask why? In 2005 the space shuttle went to a height of 700 miles above the earth and CNN reported that the crew had trouble with there vision.
The moon is 240,000 miles from earth. Now let us talk fuel.
For a round trip to the moon and back it would take a craft the size of an ocean liner just to carry the fuel, 480,000
miles round trip! Best wishes to all