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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" 313 Milo 10-Jul-02 15:31
Good Film! 99 Teddy Barrington 10-Jul-02 15:58
David Bowman and Sagittarius 508 Milo 10-Jul-02 16:55
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 110 Carlos_cmsahe 10-Jul-02 16:59
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 142 Chris Palko 10-Jul-02 20:34
2001: a mars odyssey 140 Holger Isenberg 12-Jul-02 11:41
More interesting than the film 134 drak1 10-Jul-02 20:34
666 and 33 again! 165 Milo 10-Jul-02 20:43
Zam zam - well . . . 200 drak1 10-Jul-02 21:05
Re: Zam zam - well . . . 198 Milo 10-Jul-02 21:31
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 115 Timothy 10-Jul-02 20:44
Here are some more amusing tit bits 103 Milo 10-Jul-02 20:49
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 136 Pete VanderZwet 10-Jul-02 21:00
Roger Ebert's Original Review from The Chicago Sun-Times 94 Milo 10-Jul-02 21:11
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: YES...MB 153 Orion von Koch 10-Jul-02 22:12
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 120 Jergat 11-Jul-02 01:12
I hope you approve Milo: 119 Don Barone 11-Jul-02 03:01
Re: I hope you approve Milo: 243 Milo 11-Jul-02 18:47
Add one more black monolith ? 179 Astikapati 11-Jul-02 10:34
Re: Add one more black monolith ? 211 mason 11-Jul-02 11:04
Re: Add one more black monolith ? 150 lovejoy 11-Jul-02 12:12
My first, and all-time favourite movie. N/T. 160 mason 11-Jul-02 13:22
Sacred mound 164 Vimana 11-Jul-02 14:53
Thanks! 153 Akhenaten 11-Jul-02 17:27
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 120 Replicant 11-Jul-02 18:27
Re: An Interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" 140 calisurfer30 11-Jul-02 23:00
"Star Trek and "Star Wars" 141 Milo 12-Jul-02 00:04
Re: "Star Trek and "Star Wars" 192 MikeS 12-Jul-02 08:55
Steve, Chris & Vimana 151 Astikapati 12-Jul-02 07:32
I just figured it... 133 Jergat 27-Jul-02 04:07
Re: I just figured it... 100 Milo 27-Jul-02 05:39
Baal - Bul - whatever... 141 Jergat 27-Jul-02 09:37


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