"2001: A Space Odyssey" Audiences had never seen anything quite like "2001." And even 40 years later, its then cutting-edge, Oscar-winning special effects, sparse script, Geoffrey Unsworth's brilliant 70-millimeter cinematography and that six-track stereo sound still pack a wallop. Kubrick deals with the themes of evolution, technology and artificial intelligence in the complex, cerebral drama. Because there is so little dialogue, the film's music plays a crucial role in the film. Originally, Kubrick had hired Alex North, who penned the music to "Spartacus," to write the score. But Kubrick ended up going with classical tunes, including Richard Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra." Surreal and enigmatic, the film is considered by many to be one of the most influential and best films ever made. Dullea and Gary Lockwood star.
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