(Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA 1968, 149 min., 35mm)
First Contact | Museum Treasures.
Dave Bowman: “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”
HAL: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
The George Eastman Museum will present its recently acquired, brand-new 35mm print of the roadshow version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, complete with the music meant to be heard before the film’s beginning, during the intermission, and at the end. In writer and director Kubrick’s visionary sci-fi masterwork, the themes of artificial intelligence and of human exploration of our solar system, now part of our everyday experience, are treated with prophetic insight through a solemn, spellbinding immersion in the silence of the cosmos: widescreen, the Blue Danube waltz, and pristine imagery from the film’s preservation negative are in full display for the kind of cinematic event that fully expresses the motion picture as an art form.
NOTE: Actor Keir Dullea (who played astronaut Dave Bowman), will introduce the January 19 screening of 2001. This screening is sold out.