2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968): Stratford Picturehouse
The Stratford Picturehouse continue their Stanley Kubrick season with this classic, a perfect opportunity to see this before Sight & Sound publish their top ten list of all-time in August. It made No.6 in 2002.
Chicago Reader review:
'Seeing this 1968 masterpiece in 70-millimeter, digitally restored
and with remastered sound, provides an ideal opportunity to rediscover
this mind-blowing myth of origin as it was meant to be seen and
heard, an experience no video setup, no matter how elaborate, could
ever begin to approach. The film remains threatening to contemporary
studiothink in many important ways: Its special effects are used so
seamlessly as part of an overall artistic strategy that, as critic
Annette Michelson has pointed out, they don't even register as such.
Dialogue plays a minimal role, yet the plot encompasses the history of
mankind (a province of SF visionary Olaf Stapledon, who inspired
Kubrick's cowriter, Arthur C. Clarke). And, like its flagrantly
underrated companion piece, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, it meditates
at length on the complex relationship between humanity and
technology—not only the human qualities that we ascribe to machines but
also the programming we knowingly or unknowingly submit to. The
film's projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements
may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of
wonder as ever.' 139 min.
Here is a thrilling extract.