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2001: A Space Odyssey

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Based on Arthur C Clarke’s short story ’The Sentinel’, 2001: A Space Odyssey redefined the sci-fi genre. With its radical structure (a single cut elides 4 million years), scant dialogue and oblique narrative this was the first movie to emulate the philosophical seriousness of writers like Clarke and Philip K Dick, and the first to see that special effects could become an integral component in the art-form.

The film’s pacing is deeply unfashionable (except in the art-house) but seen on the big screen it still holds up as a spellbindingly immersive experience. Made at the height of excitement around the space age – just a year before the first Moon landing – the movie combines a typically cold Kubrickian rationalism with a genuine sense of awe, mystery, and (often overlooked), beauty.

2001 came in at #6 in the 2022 Sight & Sound poll of critics and academics, but topped the list voted by film directors.

Sunday’s screening in our PANTHEON series will feature free refreshments and a short introduction by an expert in the field.

 

Jul 16: Introduced by Steven Malcic, Lecturer, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

 

Presented by

Director

Stanley Kubrick

Cast

Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood

Credits
Country of Origin

UK/USA

Year

1968

Language

English

19+
141 min

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Credits

Producer

Stanley Kubrick

Screenwriter

Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke

Cinematography

Geoffrey Unsworth

Editor

Ray Lovejoy

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