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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - Creating God?

Updated: Jul 23

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - Creating God?

"For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This is the unrestored film - that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced fifty years ago." - Christopher Nolan Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning* achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.' from video introduction

I remember when I was 12 years old (1968) going to Gulf Gate Mall in Houston Texas to see 2001 A Space Odyssey. It was amazing then and still holds up very well. Stanley Kubrick was a brilliant director with an equally brilliant group of people working with him.

The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Author Arthur C. Clarke. The movie was inspired by Clarke's 1951 short story "The Sentinel". The film, follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of an alien monolith affecting human evolution. The movie deals with themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Arthur C. Clarke was a outspoken Atheist. In the book The Making of Kubrick's 2001, Clarke says that he is an atheist.

       It may be that our role on this planet is
        not to worship God, but to create him.
            -- Arthur C. Clarke

The astronaut Bowman follows the clues until it brings him into contact with extra-terrestrial existence whose form is beyond comprehension; an immortal cosmic consciousness. Kubrick states this is perhaps a scientific definition of God.

Contact with this cosmic consciousness gives Bowman a kind of immortality as he becomes part of it. Clark placed emphasis is on the fact that we are all one, that we are all part of everything, that God is actually a cosmic consciousness.

Even though 2001 A Space Odyssey was Atheistic in worldview it is still a beautiful movie and helps us to appreciate our Lords grand universe.


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