In my book 2001 A Space Odyssey is the THE greatest sci-fi movie ever made. Even though it was made a half century ago I still find it more engrossing and just enrapturing than any modern science fiction movie I can think of. 2001 is high art that found it’s way to the mass market. No movie has ever given me the sense of the vastness of space like Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. It is one of the very few films (in my experience) that can legitimately inspire awe. At least it does for me.
And now, if one is lucky, and lives in the right place, one can see the original 70 mm version in theaters. I’m trying to find a theater.
If you are fortunate enough to live near a showing, do yourself a favor and go see it. It won’t be around for long and it would be a shame to miss it.
It is the 50th Anniversary of director Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and the film has lost none of its power, freshness and thought process, in a journey of truth that ponders existence. The film has been recently restored in 70mm (overseen by director Christopher Nolan) and now is on a roadshow tour, including Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre.
The scope of the project, which used the cutting-edge special effects of 1968, is like a fine art painting in the 70mm film format, filling the edges of the widescreen with pure and rich cinema. In that undertaking, Stanley Kubrick not only evolved his reputation as a filmmaker, but advanced the filmmaking in a way equivalent of the transition from silent film to sound. The influence of “2001” can be seen in all science fiction films afterward, including and especially “Star Wars,” and has generally inspired a generation of movie creators. One such grateful admirer is director Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), who painstakingly oversaw a new 70mm photochemical recreation (not digital) made from the original camera negative, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. This is a must-see for those who appreciate both fine art and the history of film.