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The ending is largely symbolic, and reading the book helps with its interpretation. Here are some different opinions. The one based on the book goes like this: The black monolith you saw in the beginning of the film, and the one found buried on the moon, were placed there by a supremely advanced alien race as a way to nudge along the evolution of humanity. ...


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They used what most people refer to as a "giant centrifuge". There are multiple sites on the interwebs which explain this. From Pajiba The giant centrifuge was built “in the North of England” by Vickers Aircraft and was “about 50 tons and 60 to 70 feet high,” (in actuality, 30 tons). In this shot, the centrifuge wheel does turn, but once the stewardess ...


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I think there are five related and self-reenforcing effects that the pacing in 2001 has. The first two are related to Kubrick's general intentions to make an artistic film; the others are related more specifically to the story and how Kubrick crafted it. It impresses upon the audience the scale of the action -- what Kubrick called "the grandeur of space" (...


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In the book, Clarke expertly shows that the Power behind the monolith does not want to hurt Dave in anyway. The monolith creates an environment for Dave to exist in that would not harm him in any way, makes it look like a hotel room, filling it with familiar items to assuage any fear and appear welcoming. Dave can't believe what he sees, but leaves the pod ...


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The footage was made specially for 2001. According to Creating Special Effects for "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Douglas Trumbull The movie being shown on the TV set in front of the sleeping passenger was a little more complicated. Kubrick wanted shots of a futuristic car, and close-ups of a love scene taking place inside. A crew was dispatched to Detroit ...


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This has so far proven to be a long and not entirely fruitful search. The generic answer to "what lens is it?" is .. it's a wide-angle lens, very wide - a type known as a fish-eye. Precisely which one may have to remain speculation. There appears to be a discrepancy in recollection even amongst people who were there at the time. As to the far broader ...


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They are two different people, though admittedly they do look somewhat similar and you don't see them both very clearly for very long. The scene follows the crew member in the uniform as he climbs down, gets his food and joins the crew member who is in the robe watching the BBC on a tablet device. They sit at different ends of the table. You can see them ...


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At first I thought it might have been a breakaway model, used by the likes of Orsen Welles to make a camera appear to pass through a neon sign or window in Citizen Kane, but then I watched the clip and realized this could not be the case. I have had some experience with motion control cameras, and this certainly seems to have been produced using a track ...


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I always thought that the ending of 2001 was open in the following sense. The film narrates of two main steps in human evolution, both triggered by alien intervention using the monolith as an inductive device. The first occurred in the far past, where ape-like creatures were transformed into homo sapiens through an enhancement of their intelligence. We ...


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One of the things I found interesting about the entire sequence in the Discovery is a sort of reversing: Bowman and Poole behave coldly, don't give in to emotions and seem--at least emotionally--always in control of the situation. HAL, on the other hand, is the one that cracks under pressure and panicks. So, of all the crew, HAL is the real human character.


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I believe that you are on the right track when it comes to showing normality through eating. One of the main themes of the movie is the (forced) evolution of humanity. In the Dawn of Man segment we see humanity's ancestors living a subsistence life style. They huddle in fear and scrounge for scraps of food. Enter the Monolith, who teaches Moon Watcher how ...


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This was taken from a real chess game Roesch vs Willi Schlage from 1910. You can see the whole game here In 1968, Stanley Kubrick (a strong chess player himself) directed 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is probably the most famous man vs. computer chess games in film. The movie features an astronaut, Dr. Frank Poole (played by Gary Lockwood), playing a chess ...


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You don't see a reflection. What you see is an actor coming towards the camera. The HAL lense and light reflexes are added from a different layer. In Odyssey Kubrick used a technique called "Front Screen Projection" A technology that uses projecting a pre-recorded movie on a very reflective material (Scotchlite by 3M in the case of 2001:SO) using a one ...


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In the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey they used a Fairchild-Curtis custom fisheye lens, as seen on these pictures. Using a fisheye lens creates this specific distorted kind of image.


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Here's the bare minimum specs: Deep Blue (the first computer to beat a reigning grand master at chess) computer class: mainframe architecture: parallel, based on SP2 technology 32 Power2 SC CPUs (135MHz, 32-bit registers, RISC, 15 million transistors) 512 Chess processors One trillion operations per second (500,000,000 for a high-end PC in 1999) 500 ...


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Kubrick was going for as much verisimilitude as he could get out of the various space scenes. Space is a vacuum - there is no medium for sound - so Kubrick shot these scenes with no sound except for the sound of David breathing inside his suit. As for the lingering and slow paced shots - despite the fact that you're in orbit and therefore travelling at ...


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I think it goes beyond the lens: the whole thing is a reference to HAL 9000. it's named Gerty 3000, a very similar name it speaks in a concerned male voice it is artificial intelligence personified its interaction with the male protagonist is a key focus of the movie In fact, while watching Moon, I kept waiting for Gerty 3000 to pull a HAL 9000 and go ...


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Yes, and Duncan Jones has said as much in interviews. For example, The robot in your film is fairly reminiscent of Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Was Gerty an intentional homage to that film? Yes. But there are many homages in the film, to many sci-fi films. Maybe more than the casual observer will pick up on! The thing is, people who haven’t seen the film,...


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The other answers already provide some very interesting insights on the matter, which largely amount to the fact that the movie is more or less intentionally left ambiguous and without a clear interpretation, which is also what makes it so fascinating and engaging. I'd like to amend this here with Wolfgang Schmitt's interesting analysis of the movie (...


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In season 10 at the hospital it plays a scene on the tv where the female ape is giving birth to baby milo whos name is later on changed to "caesar". In this film ceasars parents pass on to ceasar the idea that humans are not bad. In the remake ceasars mother passes her genetic mutation to ceasar, the mutation that makes her intelligent. I think the ...


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Nowadays CGI would be used for a scene like this (see Mirror shot without camera reflection in "Velvet Buzzsaw"). CGI Lens shot: But since that technique was most likely not available at the time and might also not have been a great fit for Kubricks artistic approach, there must be a practical solution at works here. Other movies have done ...


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If you're looking to buy an actual prop used for the movie, you may be out of luck as according to a Hollywood.com article: Kubrick had all of 2001’s sets, props, and miniatures destroyed so they would never be able to be recycled for future movies, the way Forbidden Planet’s props surfaced in later films. Of course, there may have been ...


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