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
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. 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 12/1/65 c116 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 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.
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:
And here’s the hoodie that’s also available in Mondo’s online store:
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.