Saturday, November 20, 2010

2001: A Space Odyssey

This is the trailer from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a Stanley Kubrick-directed film and its view of the future.

Writer: Stanley Kubrick
Screenplay: Arthur C. Clarke

The music is as haunting, intense and familiar as ever. As for the movie's theme about machines, technology and our role in that mix, it's a reminder that our needs are best met when we remember our humanity and our inter-dependence.

Here is a review from a reader:
A whimsical, often spectacular view of a future in which advances in technology dominate the world. It is well shot and although slow-moving it is intense and enjoyable throughout. The featuring of classical music to establish atmosphere works brilliantly; it provides a feeling of awe, mystery and intrigue – the same aura that Walt Disney worked in creating "Fantasia".
The special effects, both sound and visual, are still spellbinding by the standards of today's technology. Aside from the technical pluses of the film, it stands strong as it is one of not many films out there that has something important to say about humankind, and where the human race is heading in terms of our increasing reliance on machines and our unquenchable thirst to discover. Despite an ending that is hard to understand, it is even harder to overlook this film a true cinema classic.
—by sol- (Perth, Australia)

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