2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Director Stanley Kubrick
Year 1968
Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester
Rating G
Run Time 151min
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Be prepared. This all might sound like hyperbolic gushing, but you can’t overstate when you talk about 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. It's a film that transforms the thematic language and technological possibilities of the medium. It's about no less than man’s emergence and place in the universe. It also houses arguably the greatest special effects of all-time. It’s ambitious, big, bold and awe-inspiring. It's an experience that demands to be seen on the big screen.

In 1968 Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick collaborated to tell the story of 2001. What they created was a philosophical sci-fi journey. The two wrote the screenplay. Clarke modified it for his book of the same name as Kubrick was making his film.

Kubrick’s aim was not only to expand the language of film with this story, but to test the limits of special effects in cinema. Using space footage and advisors from NASA Kubrick and his SFX team used a combination of trick photography, conventional sets and visual effects to create the greatest, most striking images audiences had ever seen. In fact 45 years later they have rarely been matched.

Kubrick, a known perfectionist, held this project in such personal esteem that he wasn’t finish cutting it until minutes before it premiered. The result was worth all the sweat. Kubrick and company had made a film that truly changed cinema. Its visual language was unlike anything ever seen before. Its story, centered around theme and tone more than plot and character, deliberately paces across the screen with an obvious sense of purpose.

From the dawn of man on earth to the near future in space to uncharted territory 2001 hypnotizes you with its confidence. By the time its infamous psychedelic wormhole sequence begins it overtakes your senses. You have no choice but to give yourself over to it.

There have been great, important, influential American films, but no one piece of cinema has done so much for movies as 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. (R.J. LaForce)

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