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2001: a Space Odyssey (1968)

An epic drama of adventure and exploration

Original Title : 2001: A Space Odyssey
Director : Stanley Kubrick
Writer : Arthur C. Clarke
Stanley Kubrick
Arthur C. Clarke
Genre : Sci-Fi
Adventure
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Stanley Kubrick , Victor Lyndon
Music : Aram Khachaturyan
György Ligeti
Richard Strauss
Johann Strauß
Photography : Geoffrey Unsworth
IMDB ID : 0062622
Official site : http://movies.warnerbros.com/2001/
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2001: a Space Odyssey (1968) - Stanley Kubrick
 

Starring

Keir Dullea Dr. Dave Bowman
Gary Lockwood Dr. Frank Poole
William Sylvester Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
Daniel Richter Moonwatcher
Leonard Rossiter Dr. Andrei Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack Elena
Robert Beatty Dr. Rolf Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan Dr. Bill Michaels
Douglas Rain HAL 9000 (voice
Frank Miller Mission controller (voice
Bill Weston Astronaut
Ed Bishop Aries 1B Lunar shuttle captain (as Edward Bishop
Glenn Beck Astronaut
Alan Gifford Poole's father
Ann Gillis Poole's mother
Edwina Carroll Aries 1B Stewardess
Penny Brahms Stewardess
Heather Downham Stewardess
Mike Lovell Ape
John Ashley Astronaut
Jimmy Bell Ape
David Charkham Ape
Simon Davis Ape
Jonathan Daw Ape
Péter Delmár Ape
Terry Duggan Ape attacked by leopard
David Fleetwood Ape
Danny Grover Ape
Brian Hawley Ape
David Hines Ape
Tony Jackson Ape
John Jordan Ape
Scott MacKee Ape
Laurence Marchant Ape
Darryl Paes Ape
Joe Refalo Ape
Andy Wallace Ape
Bob Wilyman Ape
Richard Woods Ape that gets killed (as Richard Wood
Martin Amor Interviewer (uncredited
Sheraton Blount (uncredited
Ann Bormann (uncredited
John Clifford TMA-1 site technician
Julie Croft (uncredited
Penny Francis (uncredited
Jane Hayward (uncredited
Kenneth Kendall BBC-12 announcer (uncredited
Vivian Kubrick Squirt (Floyd's daughter
Marcella Markham (uncredited
Krystyna Marr Russian scientist (uncredited
Kim Neil (uncredited
Jane Pearl (uncredited
Penny Pearl (uncredited
Kevin Scott Miller (uncredited
John Swindells TMA-1 site technician
Burnell Tucker TMA-1 site photographer (uncredited
 

Plot

This movie is concerned with intelligence as the division between animal and human, then asks a question, what is the next division? Technology is treated as irrelevant to the quest - literally serving as mere vehicles for the human crew, and as a shell for the immature HAL entity. Story told as a montage of impressions, music and impressive and careful attention to subliminal detail. A very influential film and still a class act, even after 25 years.
 

Comments

Instead of writing a paragraph, I'll give four good reasons why 2001 is the greatest cinema experience of all time: 1) It is a visual Odyssey that could only be told on the big screen. The special effects that won Kubrick his only Oscar are the most stunning effects before that age of Jurassic Park and T2. They allow Kubrick to give an acurate (or at least are the most accurate) depiction of space travel to date. The silence that fills the space scenes not only serves its purpose as accurate science, but also adds to the mood of the film (to be discussed in a later point with HAL). The fact that Kubrick shot the moon scenes before the Apollo landing is a gutsy yet fulfilling move. Many have said that upon its original release, it was a favorite "trip" movie. I can think of no other movie that has such amazing visuals for its time and even of all time (sorry Phantom Menace fans!) 2) Kubrick's directing style is terrific. As in all his films, Kubrick likes to use his camera as means to delve into the psychology of his characters and plots. His camera is not as mobile as other greats, such as Scorsese, but instead sits and watches the narrative unfold. Faces are the key element of a Kubrick film. Like classic movies, such as M and Touch of Evil, Kubrick focuses on the characters' faces to give the audience a psychological view-point. Even he uses extreme close-ups of HAL's glowing red "eye" to show the coldness and determination of the computerizd villain. I could go on, but in summation Kubrick is at the hieght of his style. 3) HAL 9000 is one of the most villainous characters in film history. I whole-heartedly agree with the late Gene Siskle's opinion of HAL 9000. Most of this film takes place in space. Through the use of silence and the darkness of space itself, a mood of isolation is created. Dave and his crewmen are isolated between earth and jupiter, with nowhere to escape. Combine this mood with the cold, calculated actions of HAL 9000 and you have the most fearful villain imaginable. I still, although having see this film several times, feel my chest tighten in a particular scene. 4) 2001 as American cinema's first real art film. The controversial ending of 2001 always turns people away from this film. Instead of trying to give my opinion of the what it means and what my idea of 2001's meaning in general is, I'd like to discuss the fact that the ending serves to leave the movie open-ended. Kubrick has stated that he inteded to make 2001 open for discussion. He left its meaning in the hands of the viewer. By respecting the audience's inteligence, Kubrick allowed his movie to be the beginning, not the end, of a meaningful discussion on man's past, present, and future. The beauty of 2001 is that the ending need not mean anything deep, it can just be a purely plot driven explanation and the entire movie can be viewed as an entertaining journey through space. No other movie, save the great Citizen Kane, leaves itself open to discussion like 2001. It is truly meant to be a sureal journey that involves not only the eye but the mind. Instead of waiting in long lines for the Phantom Menace, rent a widescreen edition of 2001 and enjoy the greatest cinematic experience.
 
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