G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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 HAL 9000.
The first design for the monolith was a tetrahedron, but Stanley Kubrick thought that would make people think of pyramids. Next they tried a transparent cube, but it was too hard to keep it from reflecting the camera crew's lights. They tried a Lucite slab, but that didn't look convincing. Finally, they settled on the black slab shown in the film.
Here you are, sir, main level please.
During the intro to the BBC interview, when the announcer says "left on its half-billion mile voyage towards Jupiter", the word "Jupiter" is clearly not what he is saying. It's possible this scene was shot during part of production when the destination of the Discovery was Saturn and not Jupiter, and had to be re-dubbed later.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra" is the only musical piece in the film whose conductor and orchestra are not mentioned in the closing credits. For all other pieces, the orchestra which plays it, and the conductor who leads it, are given screen credit.
Most current video versions contain the 139-minute general release version plus the original overture, entr'acte, and exit music from the roadshow version.
£69,567 (UK) (30 November 2014)
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