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Issue: August 2009

2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) movie review

Space Seed


A mysterious monolith is uncovered on the Moon and the investigation points to changes further out in the solar system.

Created from and by one of the great early scientist science fiction writers, Arthur C. Clarke, 2001 is an extraordinary marriage of scientific vision with the cinematic vision of Stanley Kubrick.

Set to a soundtrack of classical music, 2001 is a ground-breaking special effects story. The story combines scientific knowlege and supposition with methaphysics to create an adventure with a baffling ending.

Movie poster, 2001 A Space Odyssey; Festivale film review; 220x330

Movie poster, 2001 A Space Odyssey

Open the pod bay doors, Hal


Bowman's classic request of the artificial intelligence of the questing ship has become a popular quotation.

Beautifully photographed, carefully researched this picture is worth experiencing once, even if it's ultimate message is a confusing mass of symbols.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1968
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See also: 2010

Just the facts:

Title: 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)
Written by: Arthur C. Clarke (story The Sentinel), scr); Stanley Kubrick
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Running time: varies according to cut, reviewed cut 141 mins
Rating: G

The Players: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Ed Bishop

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