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Roger Ebert's original review from The Chicago Sun-Times

"I attended the Los Angeles premiere of the film, in 1968, at the Pantages Theater. It is impossible to describe the anticipation in the audience adequately. Kubrick had been working on the film in secrecy for some years, in collaboration, the audience knew, with author Arthur C. Clarke, special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull and consultants who advised him on the specific details of his imaginary future--everything from space station design to corporate logos. Fearing to fly and facing a deadline, Kubrick had sailed from England on the Queen Elizabeth, doing the editing while on board, and had continued to edit the film during a cross-country train journey. Now it finally was ready to be seen.

To describe that first screening as a disaster would be wrong, for many of those who remained until the end knew they had seen one of the greatest films ever made. But not everyone remained. Rock Hudson stalked down the aisle, complaining, ``Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?'' There were many other walkouts, and some restlessness at the film's slow pace (Kubrick immediately cut about 17 minutes, including a pod sequence that essentially repeated another one).

The film did not provide the clear narrative and easy entertainment cues the audience expected. The closing sequences, with the astronaut inexplicably finding himself in a bedroom somewhere beyond Jupiter, were baffling. The overnight Hollywood judgment was that Kubrick had become derailed, that in his obsession with effects and set pieces, he had failed to make a movie."

Milo

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An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 289 Milo 10-Jul-02 15:31
Good Film! 88 Teddy Barrington 10-Jul-02 15:58
David Bowman and Sagittarius 495 Milo 10-Jul-02 16:55
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 100 Carlos_cmsahe 10-Jul-02 16:59
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 132 Chris Palko 10-Jul-02 20:34
2001: a mars odyssey 126 Holger Isenberg 12-Jul-02 11:41
More interesting than the film 125 drak1 10-Jul-02 20:34
666 and 33 again! 155 Milo 10-Jul-02 20:43
Zam zam - well . . . 186 drak1 10-Jul-02 21:05
Re: Zam zam - well . . . 188 Milo 10-Jul-02 21:31
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 105 Timothy 10-Jul-02 20:44
Here are some more amusing tit bits 94 Milo 10-Jul-02 20:49
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 124 Pete VanderZwet 10-Jul-02 21:00
Roger Ebert's Original Review from The Chicago Sun-Times 86 Milo 10-Jul-02 21:11
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: YES...MB 141 Orion von Koch 10-Jul-02 22:12
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 111 Jergat 11-Jul-02 01:12
I hope you approve Milo: 109 Don Barone 11-Jul-02 03:01
Re: I hope you approve Milo: 233 Milo 11-Jul-02 18:47
Add one more black monolith ? 171 Astikapati 11-Jul-02 10:34
Re: Add one more black monolith ? 201 mason 11-Jul-02 11:04
Re: Add one more black monolith ? 142 lovejoy 11-Jul-02 12:12
My first, and all-time favourite movie. N/T. 151 mason 11-Jul-02 13:22
Sacred mound 155 Vimana 11-Jul-02 14:53
Thanks! 143 Akhenaten 11-Jul-02 17:27
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 111 Replicant 11-Jul-02 18:27
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 128 calisurfer30 11-Jul-02 23:00
"Star Trek and "Star Wars" 131 Milo 12-Jul-02 00:04
Re: "Star Trek and "Star Wars" 181 MikeS 12-Jul-02 08:55
Steve, Chris & Vimana 139 Astikapati 12-Jul-02 07:32
I just figured it... 124 Jergat 27-Jul-02 04:07
Re: I just figured it... 89 Milo 27-Jul-02 05:39
Baal - Bul - whatever... 130 Jergat 27-Jul-02 09:37


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