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Science On Screen: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

  • Starring: Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Mystery
  • Rating: G
  • Running Time: 141 min.

Science on Screen Film Series

All screenings are free and made possible thanks to a generous grant fro the Alfred P. Sloan Foundaition and Coolide Corner Theatre Foundation.

Synopsis: 2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. To begin his voyage into the future, Kubrick visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millenia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever conceived) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Dullea) into uncharted realms of space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let the awe and mystery of a journey unlike any other begin. (Warner Bros.)

Dr. Mike Reed (MSU, Astrophysics) will lead a discussion about space exploration and how it might help explain the origins of life on Earth.

"A masterpiece that can still leave you dizzy with wonder. As much as any movie ever made, this visionary science-fiction tale of space travel and first contact with extraterrestrial life is a spellbinding experience."
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Still the grandest of all science-fiction movies."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Beloved for many different reasons, including its scrupulous scientific accuracy, its vast reach from "The Dawn of Man" to the next stage of human evolution, its unrivaled integration of musical and visual composition, its daring paucity of dialogue and washes of silence, its astonishingly creative psychedelic sequence and its still-gorgeous pre-digital special effects."
- Scott Rosenbergm, Salon.com

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