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2001: A Space Odyssey Fun Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" 2001: A Space Odyssey information - please enjoy!

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Did You Know?

… that Director/Screenwriter Stanley Kubrick and Screenwriter Arthur C. Clarke can be seen in the movie 2010: The Year We Made Contact on the cover of Time Magazine. Arthur C. Clarke is the American President and Stanley Kubrick is the Soviet Premier.

… that despite popular and critical acclaim, 2001 only won a single Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects in 1968.

... 2001: A Space Odyssey is defintely a visual experience. The movie itself is 2 hours and 19 minutes long there however, less than 40 minutes of dialogue.

... The American Film Institute has chosen 2001: A Space Odyssey as #1 on its list of Top Sci Fi Films. The movie is also ranked as #78 on the the Best Movie Quote list for the line: "Open the pod bay doors, Hal". And Hal 9000 is #13 on the Heroes and Villains list ( on the side of the Villains of course)

... that many people have noted that the HAL 9000 computer's initials are each only one letter away from computer corporation IBM. This is purely coincidental. In later years Kubrick would say that had he noticed this fact at the time he would have changed the name of the infamous movie computer.

... A treasure for you: This website has reproduced a program that was made for the opening of the film in 1968.

... 2001: A Space Odyssey was created by two great minds working together. Stanley Kubrick created the film while his collaborator Arthur C. Clarke simultaneously wrote the book. These are just some of the differences between the book and the movie:

    In the movie the Discovery is headed to Jupiter
    In the book the destination is Saturn.

    In the movie the monolith is opaque and solid black
    In the book the monolith is translucent crystal.

    In the movie HAL became operational on January 12, 1992
    In the book HAL "was born" January 12, 1997.
... Were they real apes? No they were actors and you can read an interview with the head ape here.

... Arthur C. Clarke was a science fiction, writer, inventor and futurist. He died in 2008 at the age of ninety. The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation has a wonderful website where you can learn much about this fascinating man.

... Where is he Now? The leading actor of 2001: A Space Odyssey was Keir Dullea. You can read a recent interview with him about his post 2001 career and yes if you were watching the ABC show Castle you saw him playing the murder victim's father in the premier episode.

... The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey had many moviegoers perplexed about its meaning. Stanley Kubrick himself said in an interview. "You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film - and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level - but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point. This of course has not stopped many other people from trying to write their own "road maps" of what the movie was all about. The Internet is a treasure chest of 2001 websites and someday when you have a lot of time on your hands you might want to type in the words "2001: A Space Odyssey" meaning into your browser and immerse yourself in 2001 philosophical theories. Here's an example.

... One of the most recognizable movie sound track moments is the music used in the opening and closing segments of the 2001: A Space Odyssey. The music is by the classical composer Richard Strauss and it is called Also Sprach Zarathustra ( translation Thus Spake Zarathustra) named and inspired by a short novel by Friedrich Nietzsche

... You can watch an abridged version of a documentary hosted by James Cameron which has great interviews and insights about 2001: A Space Odyssey.

... Here is rare footage of Stanley Kubrick at the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey in New York City.

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