Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the films release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasnt yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubricks widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001s leading man-ape; and many others.A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, Space Odyssey provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarkes first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the films legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status....
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Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.
Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a ...more
Wonderful and insightful. Clearly the author is a fan of 2001 and of Kubrick, so we agree on that. I'm also a long-standing fan of Arthur C. Clarke and have read almost all his stand-alone fiction (though not the later collaborations). I almost never buy dead-tree books nowadays but had to make an exception for this one. The whole story of the making of 2001 is fascinating and packed with detail. It makes the final result even more impressive when you see how much effort and creativity went into ...more
I have found that well executed "making of [move title]" books like this enjoyable. This one is a bit long at over 400 pages, but drew me in and kept my attention.
I am old enough that I went to see 2001 as a young teenager. In fact, I saw it at the Uptown Theater in Washington DC, where it was first shown.
As a teenager, Clarke was one of several science fiction authors whose novels I purchased with money I earned and read over and over. 2001 was significant as the only realization in film of t ...more
I knew a book about a movie as complex and innovative as 2001 would be an epic read but Benson does a marvelous job keeping things moving. Some of the more techie stuff went over my head but that’s me. I’m not sure I’ve ever read such a meticulous chronicle of the making of a single movie. It also obviously serves as a back door bio of Kubrick, at least for the four years it takes place. There’s nothing new or shocking although it does confirm he was kind of an asshole about credits. Benson give ...more
Compulsively readable and filled with both technical detail and human interest, the book conveys something of a paradox. So much of the film turns out to have been profoundly collaborative and at times surprisingly random, and yet the portrait of Kubrick at the helm shepherding this impossible thing through to completion is that of an indispensable individual. In Danny Boyle's film about Steve Jobs, Wozniak complains, "Someone else designed the box. So how come 10 times a day, I read 'Steve Jobs ...more
This was an absolutely fascinating book. While I knew a little bit about the making of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and that it is a milestone in film-making, I didn't know just how true it was or all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making this innovative, highly over-budget film that premiered 50 years ago in April 1968. (I just wish I'd read this book sooner so I could have found a theater-screening for the anniversary!) I think was surprised me the most was the strange dynamic and ef ...more
Fantastic story of the making of 2001. But more than just a behind the scenes story, this book explores the cultural influence if the movie on art, science and philosophy. I saw 2001 in the movie theater and it blew me away. But there was so much I didn’t know about Arthur C. Clarke and Kubrick and how the movie came to be that I was blown away again. Read it!
2001: A Spacey Odyssey is regarded as one of the most influential and important movies ever made. It's only fitting that there is now a book that thoroughly examines the making of this landmark film. Michael Benson sweeps through everything from the pre-production meetings between Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick to the initial reception of the movie upon its release (which was highly negative in the beginning). The book is jam-packed with interview excerpts, stories, and photographs to help ...more