2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1) by Arthur C. ClarkeThe book is always better than the film, but Id never read 2001 before. What I didnt know, until reading the foreword, is that this novel was literally written in tandem with the film, with Clarke and Kubrick feeding each other ideas. At some points, however, filming overtook writing, or vice versa, and the two stories, though similar, split along two different paths.
After reading the book, the film becomes little more than a very well crafted container: Its pretty and neat to look at it, but open it up, and its empty. There is none of Clarkes vision of how a being wed call God would communicate with us across unfathomable time spans, or teach us, or lead us into higher consciousness. Stripped away by Kubrick is the sense that this being truly wants us to be in its image, and that the whole breadcrumb trail of monoliths was designed to do just that. And completely erased is the notion that David Bowman, as Star Child, is now one with the Universe, in some Zen-like way, and also much more like something wed called a god.
Dont get me wrong, 2001 is still one of my favorite films, but to get the full meaning and understand the full weight of why 2001 has been called the perfect science fiction story, you must read the book. Clarke marries science, mysticism, theory, and fantasy in ways like no other. Unfortunately, Kubrick stripped away the mysticism and theory and left us what is, in comparison to the book, only a glimmer at something bigger.
Kubrick touched the monolith, but Clarke went inside.
2001 - A Space Odyssey: Crash Course Film Criticism #15
2001: A Space Odyssey: the best sci-fi and fantasy film of all time
Since its premiere in , the film A Space Odyssey has been analysed and interpreted by numerous people, ranging from professional movie critics to amateur writers and science fiction fans. The director of the film, Stanley Kubrick , and the writer, Arthur C. Clarke , wanted to leave the film open to philosophical and allegorical interpretation, purposely presenting the final sequences of the film without the underlying thread being apparent; a concept illustrated by the final shot of the film, which contains the image of the embryonic "Starchild". Nonetheless, in July , Kubrick's interpretation of the ending scene was presented after being newly found in an early interview. Kubrick encouraged people to explore their own interpretations of the film, and refused to offer an explanation of "what really happened" in the movie, preferring instead to let audiences embrace their own ideas and theories. In a interview with Playboy , Kubrick stated:.
W hen A Space Odyssey was first released, few would have predicted it would still be feted nearly half a century later. In fact few would have tipped it for even short-lived glory. At its premiere — its premiere — there were walkouts, including Rock Hudson, who asked: "Will someone tell me what the hell this is about? Even its champions were stumped. But bafflement was the intention, explained its creators. Said Arthur C Clarke, whose story The Sentinel was the starting point for Stanley Kubrick Clarke's novelisation postdated the film : "If you understand completely, we failed.
Stanley Kubrick is a stunning filmmaker who challenges audiences at every level. He was famous for striking films with grand morals and questions. But when he released A Space Odyssey , it just was different. Hollywood knew downer endings and ambiguous plot points, but for one of the first times ever, a mainstream movie asked an audience to chose an ending based on their own belief system. People want answers. They want to know what to expect. What to believe.
You begin with an artifact left on earth four million years ago by extraterrestrial explorers who observed the behavior of the man-apes of the time and decided to influence their evolutionary progression. In a timeless state, his life passes from middle age to senescence to death.
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2001: A Space Odyssey - The Dawn of Man
Kubrick may have set out to make a science-fiction film, but A Space Odyssey, which turns 50 this week, is closer to home than we think, writes Nicholas Barber. But is one of the most puzzling films ever made, too. What, for instance, is a shiny rectangular monolith doing in prehistoric Africa? Why does an astronaut hurtle through a psychedelic lightshow to another universe, before turning into a cosmic foetus? And considering that the opening section is set millions of years in the past, and the two central sections are set 18 months apart, how much of it actually takes place in ? But the director edited out anything which might have made it too easy to comprehend.