"First Man," the story about the first man on the moon, looked like the kind of patriotic and sentimental food from which the dreams of Oscar voters are made. Until its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in late August, when people realized that there is no free take of Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) to plant the American flag on the moon.
Politicians, experts and pedestrians decided to influence the "controversy". Director Damien Chazelle defended his decision to omit the moment. Marco Rubio called it "total madness". Rumors inevitably spread online that there is without references to the arrival of the moon as an American achievement in the film at all.
Well, we've seen the movie. And although you may have to wait an hour to see it, Old Glory appears so many times in the remaining minutes of the movie, you will feel dizzy to see stars and stripes. According to our account, there is at least 18 times one flag (or several) is present. As evidence, we have included notes from a screening of "First Man" this week, which was basically an orgy full of stars.
Disclaimer: Some flags in "First Man" appear so quickly, it's like a patriotic jump scare. If you thought that a particular red, white and blue blur was not really a cameo, rest assured, I definitely lost appearances to match the estimate.
Here is a list of the times the American flag appears in "First Man":
After the death of Gemini astronaut Elliot See, it seems that a flag appears under his picture in his house. It has been an hour of nothing, was that a flag or a hallucination? I'm saying it's a flag.
Then they start rolling. When Armstrong is flying in Gemini 8, there are flag patches on his arm and those of his co-pilot.
While Armstrong is on the Gemini mission, his son raises a flag outside his home.
Back there, in the corner of the Gemini mission control. It appears briefly, but that sure looks like a flag.
Again, the flag of the arm patch.
When Janet Armstrong is out of her house at the time of the Gemini 8 mission, a blurred red image appears behind her. Is it a flag? I promise you loyalty.
Before the tragic death of Ed White, Roger Chaffee and Gus Grissom in a fire during a rehearsal trial at the Cape Kennedy Air Force Station, their weapons carry flag patches.
Did you know that the rocket to the moon has a big flag? You do it now! #Merica
The Apolo 11 preflight conference has a giant flag background, as if the United States were taking a high-level picture.
The patches in the astronaut suits, again: flag.
When Neil Armstrong finally finds himself on the moon, in the dark, you can squint at the team in the background and see a flag.
Okay, we do not see the astronauts plant the flag on the surface of the moon, but the moon flag (postplant) looks like a lot, probably getting an Oscar for the best supporting actor.
And, oh, wait, please keep your caps off. There are even more flags in this movie.
In video of people celebrating the landing: flags, flags everywhere!
In a structure during celebrations: flag!
In quarantine, Armstrong receives a gift basket full of flags. Repeat: A. Basket. Full. From. Flags
Magazines in quarantine: flags!
Back at Armstrong's house: flags!
Signs outside Armstrong's house: flags, flags, flags!
"First Man" is a small step for the man, a big jump … for the flags.
Buzz Aldrin declined to comment for this story.