2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

2001: A Space Odyssey. 1968. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Some storytellers rely a great deal on dialogue. In 2001: A Space Odyssey (directed by Stanley Kubrick), Kubrick relied a great deal on imagery and music. The screenplay by Arthur C. Clarke is written so well that Kubrick had to create miniatures and sets that would, through attention to minuscule detail, tell the story. Kubrick’s cinematographers Geoffrey Unsworth and John Alcott made history as they guided us on an evolutionary presentation of the ascent of man (primal), to animalistic ape, to the star child. The music by Ligeti, Strauss, and Khachaturyan made the evolution of the story move and flow smoothly. For example, the film jumps aeons in time and the music facilitates this movement. This was a story that jump aeons but worked so well. The only thing, in my opinion, that dates the film is the fashion on the space ships (eg stewardess). The search for extraterrestrial life was put together by the careful editing by Ray Lovejoy. Creating and finishing this film must have felt like they had just landed on the moon. Kubrick and Clarke were like clairvoyants with regard to showing how a great deal of life in 2021 is not that different from 2001: A Space Odyssey (e.g. Communicating with Zoom, Artificial Intelligence, Space Tourism is beginning etc).

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