2001: A Space Odyssey - The Greatest Sci-Fi Movie Of All Time.
From primitive apes to a murderous AI Machine, to the balletic space ships floating through the massive void, 2001: A Space Odyssey was ahead of its time. Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke's vision changed the science fiction genre for the decades that came after making it the greatest sci-fi movie of all time.
Until 2001: A Space Odyssey was released many sci-fi films seem to contemplate the possibility of strange beings or robots traveling across the universe in order to attack us and take over the human race. All that changed with A Space Odyssey which dealt more with humankind's evolution and its place in the universe.
As we at To-DoLists.com love a list, here's one that covers the top 7 reasons, that 2001: A Space Odyssey is still the greatest sci-fi movie of all time. So let's open the pod bay doors and take a journey beyond the stars.
7 Facts About A Space Odyssey - The Greatest Sc-Fi Movie
- There is no dialogue during the first 25 minutes of the movie and the last 23 minutes. That's under 50 minutes in a film that lasts 142
- Pink Floyd were originally approached to write and perform the film's soundtrack but reportedly declined due to other commitments. Many have wondered if this is why the group's track 'Echoes' syncs with the film's "Jupiter and Beyond The Inifintive" segment.
- According to legend, many Oscar voters assumed the apes were real, hence no award for the film's makeup and costume due to the apes' utterly convincing makeup and the costume (and of course the acting) during the opening of the movie being so good.
- To help him achieve HAL's relaxed tone of voice, actor Douglas Rain recorded his lines while his barefooted feet rested on a pillow.
- Kubrick had several tons of sand imported into the UK, which was then painted white to represent the moon's surface.
- Aside from the film's soundtrack, no sound is heard in the space sequences, depicting correctly for the first time in cinema that there is no sound in space.
- The night after the premiere of the film in New York, Arthur C. Clarke was reported to have overheard MGM Studios executives say, "Well, that's the end of Kubrick". But within five weeks of opening in only eight theatres, 2001 had grossed $1 million.
2001: A Space Odyssey's impact on society and culture can never be overestimated and inspired many writers, directors, artists and even singers. David Bowie squarely puts the inspiration for his breakthrough single, A Space Oddity at having seen the film several times and feeling mesmerised by it.
You can read about Bowie's love for 2001 here
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