'2001: A Space Odyssey' 40th Anniversary Screening

2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

John Alcott, Stanley KubrickA 40th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, will take place on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

(Image: Stanley Kubrick and cinematographer John Alcott, who worked on the film as an “additional photographer.”)

Tom Hanks, who, as per the Academy's press release, has been “markedly influenced” by 2001: A Space Odyssey, will host the screening, presented in 70mm 6-track stereo, as was the original release. Following the screening, Hanks will take part in an onstage discussion with actor Keir Dullea, Oscar-nominated visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull, and special effects artist Bruce Logan.

According to the Academy's release, “in May 1964 director Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke embarked on a creative collaboration: a novel and a screenplay inspired by Clarke's 1950 short story 'The Sentinel.' In December 1965, many ideas, drafts and titles later, filming commenced on 2001: A Space Odyssey. The futuristic epic, which premiered in April 1968, would prove to be one of the groundbreaking films of the decade.”

Gary Lockwood in in 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick2001: A Space Odyssey earned an Academy Award for Special Visual Effects (Kubrick), in addition to nominations for Art Direction (Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer), Directing (Kubrick) and Writing – Story and Screenplay written directly for the screen (Kubrick, Clarke).

Note that 2001 failed to receive a Best Picture nomination. The winner that year, by the way, was Carol Reed's conventional (and bloated) musical Oliver!. Also, despite its stunning visuals (courtesy of Geoffrey Unsworth), 2001 wasn't nominated for best cinematography.

But Oscar or no, the chance to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen is one not to be missed.

Tickets for the Academy's 40th anniversary presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Keir Dullea in 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

Photos: Courtesy Margaret Herrick Library/American Society of Cinematographers records (Kubrick/Alcott), Margaret Herrick Library/Gift of Tom Jones (Gary Lockwood/green shorts), Margaret Herrick Library (other photos)

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