2001 Analysis

Impact (American Culture and Institutions Through Literature, 1960-1969)

With 2001: A Space Odyssey, the genre of science-fiction films came of age. The film achieved a level of unity of theme and visual effect that had never before been reached. The videotape, or “flat,” version of the film is a pale derivative of the visual and aural experience created by Super Panavision projection and its accompanying stereo technology. 2001: A Space Odyssey is strikingly original for a science-fiction film of the 1960’s in that, among other things, it does not feature monstrous aliens or the effects of radiation and lacks romance or sex. Implicit in the film’s execution—minimal dialog and strong visuals—is the idea that ultimate reality would be experienced nonverbally, that is, primarily through the sense of sight. The enigmatic ending, the result of many revisions and rather too patly explained in the novel published after release of the film, is perhaps the most superb example of the film’s evocative power.

2001 Related Work (American Culture and Institutions Through Literature, 1960-1969)

A film based on Arthur C. Clarke’s sequel, 2010, was released in 1984, with Roy Scheider in the starring role. Critics praised the film’s ambition, but as Robert Corliss of Time magazine quipped, the film was an “amiable footnote” to Kubrick’s classic.

2001 Additional Information (American Culture and Institutions Through Literature, 1960-1969)

The fascinating story of the making of the four-year, $11 million film and its critical and popular reception is told in Jerome Agel’s The Making of Kubrick’s 2001, published in 1970.

2001 Bibliography (Great Characters in Literature)

Additional Information

The fascinating story of the making of the four-year, $11 million film and its critical and popular reception is told in Jerome Agel’s The Making of Kubrick’s 2001, published in 1970.