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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G   |    |  Adventure, Sci-Fi


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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 HAL 9000.

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7 March 1999 | Don-102
10
| Tribute to one of the top 5 filmmakers of our time...
I write this review just after hearing of Stanley Kubrick's death. It's a great loss, and I write about 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, because I feel it is the consummate Kubrick film, the one he will be most remembered for. It is a picture like no other, not only revolutionizing science fiction, but changing the way films are conceptualized. It was probably America's first 'art' film and has inspired the likes of George Lucas and countless other writers and directors.

Aside from its visual greatness, the reason the film spawns so much discussion and analysis is because so many people have so many different interpretations of it. Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, his co-writer, had a vision, but we have never really found out what was going through their minds. Of course, the skinny on its 'message' is how technology of the future will take over humanity and decide the course of our lives unless we are careful. 2001's ending is one of hope, a version of our rebirth through the star-child's flight back to earth. It is meaningless to many, but discerning filmgoers will understand.

Although 2001 does not have the wicked, dark humor of DR. STRANGELOVE or CLOCKWORK ORANGE, or contain strong, eccentric characters that filled his earlier works like PATHS OF GLORY or SPARTACUS, I still feel he would've liked to be remembered most for this. If anything, HAL will be his most memorable character, dangerous, murderous, and artificial. It was a half-decade in the making at a time when Hollywood was still churning out dull musicals and just waking up to the New Wave of French and Italian cinema. Kubrick was a maverick director who made great films on his own terms, his own time, and for everyone else to marvel at. He will be missed.

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Trivia

The "buttons" that Dave Bowman presses to arm the depressurization sequence of the pod are the valves of the seat portion of a Martin-Baker aircraft ejection seat's personal equipment connector (PEC). The valves sealed the pilot's air services such as oxygen, pressure jerkin, anti-g suit and air ventilation (depending on the specific aircraft requirements) when the seat was not in use. Below the valves can be seen the brass intercom connections. The component seen could possibly have been salvaged from a series 4 seat fitted to an English Electric Lightning.


Quotes

Aries-1B stewardess: Here you are, sir, main level please.


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

"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.


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

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by
Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Alan Gifford and Ann Gillis

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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