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Samizdata quote of the day

There’s sufficient evidence that Stanley Kubrick directed the fake moon landing film, but being a perfectionist he did it on location.

Runcie Balspune

14 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Julie near Chicago


    (Not to repeat myself.)

  • staghounds

    No way. In only 11 takes?

  • Nicholas (Unlicenced Joker) Gray

    I wonder how they’ll fake landings on Mars? Though, come to think of it, I’ve often thought that the supposed deserts of Mars look suspiciously like some of Australia’s deserts…

  • Stonyground

    In Blake’s Seven all the alien planets looked like quarries.

  • neonsnake

    In only 11 takes?


  • bob sykes

    Is this the Flat Earth Society? Was the world created in nightfall on 22 October 4004 BC?

  • Sam Duncan

    “Though, come to think of it, I’ve often thought that the supposed deserts of Mars look suspiciously like some of Australia’s deserts…”

    And they don’t even have to keep the draughts out, because there’s wind on Mars. Piece of cake in comparison. Makes you wonder why they didn’t do it first, really.

    “In Blake’s Seven all the alien planets looked like quarries.”

    Blake’s 7, Doctor Who, Hitchhiker’s… it was all the same quarry. It’s where the Eden Project is now.

  • I wonder how they’ll fake landings on Mars?

    We already finished those fakes. We just need to wait for them to ship the footage back from Io.

  • Rob

    I wonder how they’ll fake landings on Mars

    There was a film about this, quite a good one (Capricorn One), including an excellent, impassioned speech by the Director of the Mars Program about why it was a fuck up and they needed to fake it.

  • Sigivald

    “Oh, you’re one of those guys that believes in the moon?”

  • There are parts of Moab, Utah which look just like what you’d think Mars looks like. If you are going to fake landings, that is the place to do it!

  • Zerren Yeoville

    One of the originators of the hoax hypothesis was a writer called Bill Kaysing, who wrote what was probably the first book on the topic, ‘We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle.’

    Those inclined to take him seriously on the matter of the moon landings should maybe consider his qualifications in the light of some of his other published works, the titles of which perhaps speak for themselves:

    ‘Eat Well for 99 Cents a Meal’ … ‘Bill Kaysing’s Freedom Encyclopedia’ … ‘Senior Citizens’ Survival Manual’ … ‘Great Hideouts of the West: An Idea Book for Living Free’ … ‘Great Hot Springs of the West’ … ‘Privacy: How to Get It, How to Enjoy It’ … ‘The Ex-urbanite’s Complete & Illustrated Easy-does-it First-time Farmer’s Guide: A Useful Book’ … ‘The 99¢ a Meal Cookbook.’

  • SteveD

    I wonder how they’ll fake landings on Mars?

    I think you can do that most easily on the Moon. All you need is some red dust on the lunar surface and CGI to create the dust storms.

  • Matthew H Iskra

    Mr. Kubrick was most wroth that the Sun would not mind his marks, said actor constantly and slowly moving from where the Director wanted him at roughly one nautical mile per minute. Mr. Kubrick was heard to shout “will the talent please find their marks!” Such shouts were met with silent contempt and slow movement by The Sun as he sidled away from where Mr. Kubrick wanted him.

    “Ah, to have such good actors as Mr. Armstrong!” he was heard to mutter.

    With Mr. Kubrick’s passing, it was found that ancient Nemesis herself was moved as she was heard to add a new Sin to the long list of the sins of man. For as overweening pride becomes hubris, so to does overweening hubris become…


    (the author then ducks from your thrown items, stooping occasionally to take a mostly intact dessert item to sate him through the coming long night).

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