Korolev vs Von Braun:
The Space Race

Synopsis

This is the story of the 20th century’s greatest adventure, the conquest of space, recounted through the intertwining destinies of two men who were its principal architects : Sergueï Pavlovitch Korolev, the Russian, and Wernher von Braun, born in Germany, later an American.

Two epic career paths, for two exceptional figures… two geniuses who never even met, but who, over a 40-year period, waged a relentless battle to be the first to reach the moon. The adventure began in the 1930s, on a wasteland in a Berlin suburb or the outskirts of Moscow, and ended on July 20th 1969 on lunar soil, after encounters with such figures as Stalin, Hitler, Nikita Khrushchev, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, or Walt Disney…

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  • Genre: History
  • Length: 52 min
  • Director: Laurent Portes
  • Producer: Jean-Baptiste Jouy
  • Broadcaster: France 5