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2001: A Space Odyssey

Katara Cinema

Stanley Kubrick / Feature Narrative / United States of America, United Kingdom / 1968 / 160 min / DCP
In English
Interests: Science Fiction, Mystery
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.



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Synopsis

One of the most important – and beloved – science-fiction films ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s epic ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, from a screenplay by Kubrick and sci-fi heavyweight Arthur C. Clarke, covers a wide range of the genre’s themes: space travel, the baseness of humanity, the failings of a utopian future, artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial life, the space-time continuum, time travel and the effects of relativity.

A large black monolith, millions of years old and clearly the product of non-human craftsmanship, is discovered buried on the surface of the Moon. To investigate the signal the monolith is sending out into space, the Discovery One spaceship is dispatched to Jupiter, its crew in hypersleep and the ship’s functions controlled by the HAL 9000 computer. When HAL begins to malfunction, the crew find themselves in peril and so begins a mind-bending journey through space and time.

The various spacecraft of ‘2001’ in many ways defined all cinematic spaceships that came after them. The hyper-modern service on board the space shuttle; the pristine white spaces of the international space station (branded by Hilton and featuring picturephone technology by Bell); the exterior construction of the Discovery One and its banks of beeping and flashing electronics: all of these elements are echoed in countless space travel films released since Kubrick’s 1968 tour de force.

About the Director

American film director, screenwriter and producer Stanley Kubrick was born in 1928. His many films are considered among the most important contributions to the art of cinema for their unique approach to cinematography, evocative use of music and attention to detail. Among his films are ‘The Killing’ (1956), ‘Paths of Glory’ (1957), ‘Spartacus’ (1960), ‘Lolita’ (1962), ‘Dr. Strangelove’ (1964), ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968), ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (1971), ‘The Shining’ (1980) and ‘Full Metal Jacket’ (1987). He died in 1999.

Credits

Director
Stanley Kubrick
Screenwriter
Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
Producer
Stanley Kubrick
Editor
Ray Lovejoy
Music
Aram Khatchaturian, György Ligeti, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss
Cinematographer
Geoffrey Unsworth
Cast
Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

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