2001: A Space Odyssey

Synopsis: An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
149 min

The tribe slowly wanders across the bare, flat country-

side foraging for roots and occasional berries.

Eight of them are irregularly strung out on the open plain,

about fifty feet apart.

The ground is flat for miles around.

Suddenly, Moonwatcher becomes aware of a lion, stalking

them about 300 yards away.

Defenceless and with nowhere to hide, they scatter in all

directions, but the lion brings one to the ground.

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It had not been a good day, though as Moonwatcher had no

real remembrance of the past he could not compare one day

with another. But on the way back to the caves he finds a

hive of bees in the stump of a dead tree, and so enjoys the

finest delicacy his people could ever know. Of course, he

also collects a good many stings, but he scacely notices

them. He is now as near to contentment as he is ever

likely to be; for thought he is still hungry, he is not actually

weak with hunger. That was the most that any hominid could

hope for.

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Over the valley, a full moon rises, and a cold wind blows down

from the distant mountains. It would be very cold tonight -

but cold, like hunger, was not a matter for any real concern;

it was merely part of the background of life.

This Little Sun, that only shone at night and gave no warmth,

was dangerous; there would be enemies abroad. Moonwatcher

crawls out of the cave, clambers on to a large boulder besides

the entrance, and squats there where he can survey the valley.

If any hunting beast approached, he would have time to get back

to the relative safety of the cave.

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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick's father sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle, Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films. more…

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