Some scenes from the Right Stuff, shown in class on Feb. 13:
12 -- Listen carefully to the Tom Wolfe satirical dialog in this
scene depicting US shock from Sputnik.
* Image of Korolev, not as he was in reality but as US perceived
* The scene in White House shows Lyndon Johnson (Senate majority
leader in 1957) giving (mistaken) arguments for the importance of
getting into space to US president Dwight Eisenhower.
* The loose power cord is a metaphor for US technical incompetence.
* In this scene we see real footage of Soviet cosmonauts Titov and
* There is a figure in this scene who resembles Von Braun. Listen as
he makes amusing wordplay with German pronunciations.
22 -- Actual NASA footage of misfires, intercut with actors
portraying astronauts observing failed launches. They'll have to get
atop these rockets eventually.
26 -- Gagarin is first man in space in April 1961. Actors portray
astronauts reacting to US dismay.
* The last scene shows prelaunch activity for first US manned space
flight (May 1961), carried out by Alan Shepard on a Redstone
(Jupiter) rocket. The scene ends with "Shepard's Prayer".
* The footage of famous CBS correspondent Eric Sevareid is real.
* Note the Death figure dressed as an undertaker. He appears in
several scenes in this movie.