2001: A Space Odyssey
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A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a… More
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"Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The film's projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Extraordinary filmmaking, creating intellectual arguments mostly through image and music."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"[2001] might be best described as a factual philosophical speculation, rather than as the drama it sets out as but never develops into: and like all good speculations, it leaves the spectator up in the air with a tantalising vision as food for thought."
‑ Tom Milne, Guardian
"Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest films of all time and it is the director's most profound and confounding exploration of humanity's relationship to technology, violence, sexuality and social structures."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"2001 lingers on the mind like a tall, black riddle: Where are the new bones, the new tools, that will take us higher? Do we even deserve them?"
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's a must-see if you never have, even though its visual impact is seriously hampered by the small screen."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"...reaches for the stars and finds itself, against all odds, on the other side of them."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Perhaps the beauty of 2001 is appreciating that some of the best stories are the ones that are half-told."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is some sort of great film, and an unforgettable endeavor. Technically and imaginatively, what he put into it is staggering."
‑ Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker
"For all the essential coldness of Kubrick's vision, it demands attention as superior sci-fi, simply because it's more concerned with ideas than with Boy's Own-style pyrotechnics."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"With the release of Stanley Kubrick's enigmatic space spectacle in 1968, the science-fiction film finally came of age."
‑ , Total Film
"Matched Kubrick's photographic eye to a story about watching, transformed him into a director of the epic, and made one giant leap in sci-fi cinema that's never been matched."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"With his virtuosic adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's novel, Stanley Kubrick invented the modern science fiction film."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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