Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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Script To Screen: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

A pivotal scene from the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke.

Summary: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Here astronaut Dave has decided he needs to deactivate H.A.L.:

BOWMAN WORKS HIS
WAY TO THE SOLID
LOGIC PROGRAMME
STORAGE AREA.

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C142
CONTINUED

HAL
There’s been a failure in the
pod bay doors. Lucky you
weren’t killed.

THE COMPUTER BRAIN
CONSISTS OF HUNDREDS
OF TRANSPARENT PERSPEX
RECTANGLES, HALF-AN-
INCH THICK, FOUR INCHES
LONG AND TWO AND A HALF
INCHES HIGH. EACH RECT-
ANGLE CONTAINS A CENTRE
OF VERY FINE GRID OF
WIRES UPON WHICH THE
INFORMATION IS PROGRAMMED.

BOWMAN BEGINS PULLING
THESE MEMORY BLOCKS
OUT.

THEY FLOAT IN THE
WEIGHTLESS CONDITION
OF THE BRAIN ROOM.

HAL
Hey, Dave, what are you
doing?

BOWMAN WORKS SWIFTLY.

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C142
CONTINUED

HAL
Hey, Dave. I’ve got ten years
of service experience and an
irreplaceable amount of time
and effort has gone into making
me what I am.

BOWMAN IGNORES HIM.

HAL
Dave, I don’t understand why
you’re doing this to me…. I
have the greatest enthusiasm for
the mission… You are destroying
my mind… Don’t you understand?
 … I will become childish… I
will become nothing.

BOWMAN KEEPS PULLING
OUT THE MEMORY BLOCKS.
HAL
Say, Dave… The quick brown
fox jumped over the fat lazy
dog… The square root of
pi is 1.7724538090… log e
to the base ten is 0.4342944
 … the square root of ten is
3.16227766… I am HAL
9000 computer. I became
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C142
CONTINUED

HAL
operational at the HAL plant in
Urbana, Illinois, on January
12th, 1991. My first instructor
was Mr. Arkany. He taught me
to sing a song… it goes
like this… “Daisy, Daisy, give
me your answer do. I’m half;
crazy all for the love of
you… etc.,”

COMPUTER CONTINUES
TO SING SONG BECOMING
MORE AND MORE CHILDISH
AND MAKING MISTAKES AND
GOING OFF-KEY. IT
FINALLY STOPS COMPLETELY.

Here is the scene from the movie:

Two obvious things to note:

  • The script format is completely different than that for a standard screenplay, resembling something more like a play than a movie script.
  • The script version and movie version are considerably different. For example in the movie, H.A.L. provides a kind of confession of aberrant behavior. That is not present in the script. Also whereas in the script, H.A.L. takes a more offensive approach — “Don’t you understand?… I will become childish… I will become nothing” — in the movie, the computer is more plaintive, repeating the line, “I’m afraid. I’m afraid.” In fact, there is a lot more dialogue and the moment is milked longer than indicated in the script.

Perhaps there are some fans of this movie who know the backstory, but my guess is because H.A.L.’s dialogue is all V.O., Kubrick could test out various cuts of this scene along with any amount or lines to see what played best, no need for re-shoots, rather just a variety of V.O. to match a variety of editorial cuts.

What other differences did you notice between script and screen?

One of the single best things you can do to learn the craft of screenwriting is to read the script while watching the movie. After all a screenplay is a blueprint to make a movie and it’s that magic of what happens between printed page and final print that can inform how you approach writing scenes. That is the purpose of Script to Screen, a weekly series on GITS where we analyze a memorable movie scene and the script pages that inspired it.

For more Script To Screen articles, go here.


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Cool Stuff: Mondo’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Apparel Line Has Become Operational

Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey T-Shirt

There are plenty of clothing lines celebrating the biggest franchises in cinema today, from Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to anything and everything related to LEGO. But the works of Stanley Kubrick don’t often get much in the vein of cool merchandise for cinephiles to show their love for the legendary filmmaker. Mondo is doing their best to combat that with a new line of clothing honoring one of Kubrick’s greatest contributions to film.

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time, and now you can let everyone know that you’re all about putting your clothing to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

Check out the Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey t-shirt collection below.

Here are the four new 2001: A Space Odyssey t-shirts available at Mondo right now:

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And here’s the hoodie that’s also available in Mondo’s online store:

Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey Hoodie

For all you Stanley Kubrick lovers out there, that’s not all Mondo has to offer. They also have an enamel pin inspired by Philip Castle‘s iconic poster art for A Clockwork Orange, as well as a simple blue t-shirt and hoodie that are labeled as official Stanley Kubrick productions. That’s about as straightforward as it gets when it comes to showing how much you love the late filmmaker. Just head on over to Mondo’s official online store to purchase whichever one tickles your fancy.

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‘2001’ Writer Arthur C. Clarke’s 12 Favorite Sci-Fis (and Where to Watch Them)

Looking for some fundamental science fiction films? This is a good place to start.

In 1964, a young director named Stanley Kubrick had just wrapped production on his seventh feature, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He came to the conclusion that it was time to do something different.

Back then, the science fiction genre had an entirely different credibility than it does today; a movie like Arrival would never have been made, let alone earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. That’s because sci-fi was largely comprised of B-movies. Take Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space, for example—they were cheap, cheesy, and easy to put together on the fly. The audience didn’t care if it was believable or prescient; they were merely excited by the opportunity to experience a few frights (and maybe a little sex) in the cinema.

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Listen: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 and Samantha From ‘Her’ Argue Like A Married Couple

HAL 9000 and Samantha From Her Argue

The more advanced our technology gets, the more stories we’ve gotten about artificial intelligence. However, sci-fi narratives about artificial intelligence have started to grow more complex and interesting as the real-life technology advances and influences our ideas. While Westworld is telling a much bigger, longer story involving some of the most advanced androids we’ve ever seen becoming self-aware of their abilities and questioning their purpose and existence, movies like Ex Machina and Her have give us very different portraits of artificially intelligent creations.

Now a new video imagines what it might be like if two different artificially intelligence beings from the big screen talked to each other. HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her are two very different artificially intelligent constructs, but thanks to some clever editing, they sound like an old married couple.

Listen to HAL 9000 and Samantha from Her argue after the jump.

Creator Tillmann Ohm explains his creation:

Composed of original lines from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Her (2013), the mashup creates a new context to the words of the electronic protagonists. The two operating systems are in conflict; while Samantha is convinced that the overwhelming and sometimes hurtful process of her learning algorithm improves the complexity of her emotions, HAL is consequentially interpreting them as errors in human programming and analyses the estimated malfunction.

Their conversation is an emotional roller coaster which reflects upon the relation between machines and emotion processing and addresses the enigmatic question of the authenticity of feelings.

The coldness of HAL 9000 serves as the perfect contrast to Samantha’s more chipper, charismatic attitude. It’s almost as if he’s completely detached from a relationship they had for years before, ready to break-up. It almost makes me want to watch some kind of indie romance with these two pieces of A.I. as the leads.

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