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Friday, June 28, 2013

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(actor & director credits courtesy

When an alien monolith is discovered underground on the moon, it transmits a message to Jupiter, prompting Earth to launch a spacecraft to travel there to investigate.

Widely praised and hailed as one of Kubrick's best, this film has earned its reputation with breathtaking special effects that are still impressive today, but it's not my particular cup of tea.  Although there's no denying its artistry, it's very slow moving, and really could use a music score, although classical music selections memorably underscore several special effects sequences.  It's also difficult to grasp the purpose of the monolith or what the film's ending means, which according to Wikipedia is much more clearly explained in Arthur C. Clarke's novel, on which the film is based.  I won't deny that it's an important picture, and a pivotal one, but it's just not a favorite of mine.

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