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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