Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Right Stuff
It's the summer of Space, in case you hadn't noticed.
I watched The Right Stuff last night. Don't test me on the names. Sam Shepard plays Chuck Yeager but Alan Shepard was the first American in space; he is played by Scott Glenn, but John Glenn is played by Ed Harris and Scott Carpenter by Charles Frank; Scott Paulin plays Deke Slayton and Scott Wilson plays Scott Crossfield. I think.
The rockets were mostly designed by Nazis.
No wonder I'd finished that bottle of wine before I'd finished the film.
Anyway. Chuck Yeager, whaddaguy: flew faster than the speed of sound with two cracked ribs because he fell off a horse the day before.
Unsurprising that generation's kids all fetched up with flowers in their hair; their Dads sure had the whole macho thing nailed.
Brian Eno - 'Here Come The Warm Jets' (1973)
Bryan Ferry - 'The Right Stuff' (1987)