G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
According to Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick wanted to get an insurance policy from Lloyds of London to protect himself against losses in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence were discovered before the movie was released. Lloyds refused. Carl Sagan commented, "In the mid-1960s, ... ...
Here you are, sir, main level please.
When Dave is approaching the emergency airlock, we can see through the pod window that the door is labeled Manual Operation Only, and the unlocking mechanism to the right of the door is labeled Manual Lift. In the next shot, an exterior of the pod closing in on the airlock, the unlocking mechanism on the right is now labeled Manual Operation Only instead of Manual Lift.
No opening credits for actors, writers, producer, director, etc. are shown, with the story beginning right after the title. Although by the 1990s it had become quite common for major films to not have opening credits, it was still unusual in 1968.
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