2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.


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29 August 2002 | indraya
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| film is a poetical contemplation of most exciting eternal questions
This movie is certainly one of the greatest films ever made. It is a story told in a steady pace, told mostly not by words but by cinematic means of expression. Perfect blend of spectacular special effects and classical music bring to life creations of human imagination in both realistic and poetical way. The story itself is quite simple at a first glance. As the title implies, there is an archetypal journey, a motive repeated for thousands of years. This motive was always used not only to depict a trip in space and time, and beyond, but also had rich philosophic meaning. The film is a poetical contemplation of most exciting eternal questions. It is not just an odyssey of a person; it is an odyssey of our species. The film is great by itself, yet, in my case, the impression from it will always be mingled with that from the book. I've read it at the age of 10, really not thinking about problems like 'what is the relationship between evolution of humankind and development of human morality'. But the impression was great enough to make me fall for entire genre of science fiction.

The day I learned '2001' got only special effects Oscar and was not even nominated for the Best Picture was the day when 'Academy Award' completely became two words meaning nothing to me.

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Trivia

Stanley Kubrick rejected Martin Balsam's interpretation of HAL as he felt that too much emotion was creeping into Balsam's delivery.


Quotes

Floyd's Daughter: Hello?
Dr. Floyd: Hello!
Floyd's Daughter: Hello.
Dr. Floyd: How're you doing, squirt?
Floyd's Daughter: All right.
Dr. Floyd: What are you doing?
Floyd's Daughter: Playing.
Dr. Floyd: Where's mommy?
Floyd's Daughter: Gone to shopping.
Dr. Floyd: Well, who's taking care of you?
Floyd's Daughter: Rachel.
Dr. Floyd: May I speak to Rachel, please?
Floyd's Daughter: She's gone to the bathroom.


Goofs

It would be expected that the Emergency Airlock would normally have air in it, so that any crew member could enter it from inside Discovery, either to carry out any maintenance, or if they were needed to assist with anyone outside. In the latter case they would enter it wearing a space-suit, and after the inner door was closed, the airlock would be de-pressurised and the outer door opened. As there is no apparent way for Bowman to de-pressurise the airlock whilst in the space-pod - as HAL would certainly not do so if asked - Bowman opens the outer door using the pod's waldoes. When he does this, the air inside would escape, which should result in the pod being temporarily blown around. In addition, as the air escapes to a vacuum, it would crystallise due to the water vapour content. Neither of these effects are seen.


Crazy Credits

In the 2001 UK cinema re-release, the music carries on for 10-15 minutes after the end of the credits.


Alternate Versions

Some versions have title cards on-screen during the Overture and Entr'acte sections, while other versions omit these titles and simply play the music over a black screen.


Soundtracks

Adventures
(1962) (uncredited)
Music by
György Ligeti
Performed by The International Chamber Ensemble Darmstadt
Conductor Bruno Maderna

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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