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2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 1968
  • UK
  • 139 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain (voice)

Kubrick's gloriously grand architecture sees prehistoric apes timelined into a space ballet featuring a lunar craft docking to the sound of Strauss. This scene prefigures an extended drama aboard a spacecraft bound for Jupiter involving the murderous AI computer and the giant embryo of a space child signifying … what? The next step in human evolution? An opaque masterpiece, which suggests so much, yet explains so little. Which is why it's a timeless classic.

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Kubrick’s groundbreaking classic is a spellbinding masterpiece.

Based on the novella The Sentinel by Arthur C Clarke, the film quite literally changed our concept of space and spaceships, replacing the pencil-shaped rocketships with large constructions more commensurate with the vastness of deep space. Famous also for its use of Strauss (both Richard’s Also Sprach Zarathustra and Johann’s Blue Danube), the story details man’s first confrontation with a higher power, his struggle against machines of his own making (the unforgettable HAL 9000), and the distant future, where man’s life cycle becomes meaningless.
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