Originally Posted by mu tabor
2001: A Space Odyssey ( 1968)
Decided to give it a try for the first time. If I was asked to describe this film in one word I would say that it is geekish. It can bore and confuse an average person ( elitist attitude), puzzle a philosopher but it can excite a geek because it develops all themes which geeks love - technology and science fiction.
I loved Tchaikovsky's Solaris so much as to seek out the ultra rare Russian 2 disc set which has the movie dubbed in English. I know many may think that seeing Solaris without the original Russian is cheesy, but it makes the movie seem more real for me anyway, to not have to read subtitles. Seeing what Criterion did with the restoration is also amazing. The perfect version (IMO) would be making a Criterion restoration with an English soundtrack.
Space Shuttle photograph of the Black Knight asteroid
The 2001: A Space Odyssey Monoliths I think are inspired by the Black Knight asteroid which has been circling earth first discovered in the 1960s. Many folks believe the documentation of radio waves being emitted from the object when it was first to be found existing in our atmosphere. Having very little scientific knowledge passed around about the Black Knight makes stuff like 2001 seem that much more cool.
Science fiction has always seemed philosophical and reading the novel for 2001: A Space Odyssey is even more so. It starts to even border on showing a possible spirituality for mankind. Once again we can see the genre of Science Fiction becoming a close parallel to religion but not completely changing into it like Scientology did.
Reading 2001 has Arthur C Clark going into tremendous detail about the Monoliths mental transformation transference into early man. Where if I remember right the movie left a lot for the viewer come to their own conclusions, like abstract art. I will have to see the movie again.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 1/31/14 at 6:39am