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Seen on: 02/16/2013 (rewatch)

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Science Fiction | Adventure | Mystery

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Overview

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world’s most advanced super computer.

Rated G | Length 149 minutes

Actors

John Clifford | John Swindells | Burnell Tucker | Penny Pearl | Kim Neil | Jane Pearl | Krystyna Marr | Irena Marr | Marcella Markham | Penny Francis | Julie Croft | Ann Bormann | Sheraton Blount | S. Newton Anderson | Richard Woods | Bob Wilyman | Andy Wallace | Joe Refalo | Darryl Paes | Laurence Marchant | Scott MacKee | John Jordan | Tony Jackson | David Hines | Brian Hawley | Danny Grover | David Fleetwood | Terry Duggan | Péter Delmár | Jonathan Daw | Simon Davis | David Charkham | Jimmy Bell | John Ashley | Mike Lovell | Glenn Beck | Bill Weston | Martin Amor | Kevin Scott | Kenneth Kendall | Vivian Kubrick | Ann Gillis | Alan Gifford | Judy Kiern | Chela Matthison | Edwina Carroll | Maggie d'Abo | Penny Brahms | Heather Downham | Ed Bishop | Frank Miller | Sean Sullivan | Robert Beatty | Margaret Tyzack | Leonard Rossiter | Daniel Richter | Douglas Rain | William Sylvester | Gary Lockwood | Keir Dullea

Viewing Notes

My family and I caught the 9pm screening of this as part of The Music Box’s 70mm Film Festival. This was actually the first screening of it, as they had broken sound disc issues the night before which necessitated cancelling that screening. In fact, this evening’s screening was touch and go as they had to borrow sound equipment from other cinephiles in the Chicago area just to play a mysterious third set of sound discs that came with the print. As a side note, that’s some amazing dedication from the Music Box team! Hats off to a theater willing to go to such great lengths to present a movie in its original format, as intended. Serious dedication.

This print of 2001 was nearly flawless! The projectionist said this was only the second time it had even been run through a projector, and it showed. It was gorgeous in every aspect and the sound was excellent as well.

The theater was packed! I’ve never seen so many people crammed into The main theater, which can seat 800, was almost completely full. Imagine 800 people, reverently silent, basking in the glow of a 70mm print of one of the most cinematic movies of all time in a theater built in 1929! Serious movie nirvana.

This was actually the second movie of a 70mm double feature my family and I attended (the first film was Lord Jim) and the first time either of my sons had seen 2001. I told my sons more than once how incredibly lucky they were to experience this movie for the first time as it had been released back in 1968, the year I was born. This was also the first time for me seeing this film in a theater.

Needless to say, it was a breathtaking experience. Everything I love about this movie was enhanced by watching it in 70mm. I’m lucky my wife is so willing to indulge my film obsession.

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