’2001: A Space Odyssey’, by Stanley Kubrick, is for many people one of the greatest films ever made – it almost has mythical staus. As someone who has seen it I’m not quite in that group but can, nontheless, appreciate where those sentiments come from.
In this wonderful documentary, ’2001: The Making of a Myth’ introduced by filmmaker James Cameron, you get a more nuanced approach to the film and its place in the cultural pantheon. There are interviews with those involved in the photography, design, editing and technical consultancy. Actor Keir Dullea – who played the part of astronaut Dave Bowman – has alot to say about working with HAL and even the apes have something to say about their contribution to the film. Film critics Elvis Mitchell and Camille Paglia give us their view on the films impact on the genre of science fiction and finally Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote the book, tells us that all Kubrick wanted to do was ‘make the proverbial good science fiction movie.’
Hope you enjoy it. I must see the film again now that I’ve watched the documentary.
[ED NOTE: unfortunately YOUTUBE is increasingly being hit for copyright infringements so you can now only see the trailer - you'll have to buy the DVD if you want to see it. I did see it and it's wonderful]
Via Open Culture
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