2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick (1968)


2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke’s short story ‘The Sentinel‘. A novel also called 2001: A Space Odyssey, written concurrently with the screenplay, was published soon after the film was released. The film, which follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of a mysterious black monolith affecting human evolution, deals with themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the existence of extraterrestrial life. It is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of spaceflight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. It uses sound and minimal dialogue in place of traditional cinematic and narrative techniques, and its soundtrack is famous for its inclusion of a number of pieces of classical music, among them Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II, and works by contemporaneous composers Aram Khachaturian and György Ligeti. … Today, 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. … Early drafts included a prologue containing interviews with scientists about extraterrestrial life, voice-over narration (a feature in all of Kubrick’s previous films), a stronger emphasis on the prevailing Cold War balance of terror, and a different and more explicitly explained breakdown for HAL. … The film’s world premiere was on April 2, 1968, at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. It opened two days later at the Warner Cinerama Theatre in Hollywood and the Loew’s Capitol in New York. Kubrick then deleted nineteen minutes of footage from the film before its general release in five other U.S. cities on April 10, 1968, and internationally in five cities the following day, where it was shown in 70mm format, used a six-track stereo magnetic soundtrack, and projected in the 2.21:1 aspect ratio. The general release of the film in its 35mm anamorphic format took place in autumn 1968 and used either a four-track magnetic stereo soundtrack or an optical monaural soundtrack. … Since its premiere, 2001: A Space Odyssey has been analyzed and interpreted by professional critics and theorists, amateur writers and science fiction fans. Peter Kramer in his monograph for BFI analyzing the film summarized the diverse interpretations as ranging from those who saw it as darkly apocalyptic in tone to those who saw it as an optimistic reappraisal of the hopes of mankind and humanity. …”
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NY Times – ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’
New Yorker – “2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made (Audio)
Vanity Fair – Behind the Scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Strangest Blockbuster in Hollywood History
YouTube: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – Trailer, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – 50th Anniversary | “Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick” Mini Documentary, 2001: A Space Odyssey – Cinematic Hypnotism, Smithsonian exhibit explores “2001: A Space Odyssey”

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