2001: A Space Odyssey – The Greatest Sci-Fi Movie Of All Time

2001: A Space Odyssey – The Greatest Sci-Fi Movie Of All Time

From primitive apes to a murderous AI Machine, to the balletic space ships floating through the massive void, 2001: A Space Odyssey was ahead of its time. The vision of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke changed the science fiction genre for decades. 2001: A Space Odyssey is the greatest sci-fi movie of all time. Here are 7 facts about the groundbreaking work.

Until 2001 was released many sci-fi films seem to contemplate the possibility of strange beings or robots traveling to Earth from distant places. They were coming in order to attack us and take over the human race. All that changed with A Space Odyssey which dealt more with humankind’s evolution and its place in the universe.

Close up shot of an astronaut in 2001 A Space Odyssey

Top 7 Reasons 2001: A Space Odyssey Is The Greatest

As we at To-DoLists.com love a list, here are the top 5 reasons, that 2001: A Space Odyssey is still the greatest sci-fi movie of all time. So let’s open the pod bay doors and take a journey beyond the stars.

  1. There is no dialogue during the first 25 minutes of the movie and the last 23 minutes. That’s under 50 minutes in a film that lasts 142
  2. Pink Floyd were originally approached to write and perform the film’s soundtrack but reportedly declined due to other commitments. Many have wondered if this is why the group’s track ‘Echoes’ syncs with the film’s “Jupiter and Beyond The Inifintive” segment.
  3. According to legend, many Oscar voters assumed the apes were real. This apparently explains why it failed to win an award for the film’s makeup and costume.
  4. To help him achieve HAL’s relaxed tone of voice, actor Douglas Rain recorded his lines while his barefooted feet rested on a pillow.
  5. Kubrick had several tons of sand imported into the UK, which was then painted white to represent the moon’s surface.
  6. Aside from the film’s soundtrack, no sound is heard in the space sequences, depicting correctly for the first time in cinema that there is no sound in space.
  7. The night after the premiere of the film in New York, Arthur C. Clarke was reported to have overheard MGM Studios executives say, “Well, that’s the end of Kubrick”. But within five weeks of opening in only eight theatres, 2001 had grossed $1 million.

Intergalactic Inspiration

2001: A Space Odyssey’s impact on society and culture can never be overestimated. It inspired many writers, directors, artists, and even singers. David Bowie squarely puts the inspiration for his breakthrough single, A Space Oddity at having seen the film several times and feeling mesmerised by it.

You can read of David Bowie’s love for 2001 and how it inspired his breakthrough hit, Space Oddity.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hmmm. This is the same post you put out two posts ago, yes? Just curious. I’m sure you have a very good reason. 😉 By the way, I took a look at your “My Writing Portfolio” section. Very nice! I hope you are picking up work from it.

  2. Rivergirl says:

    Am I imagining things… or haven’t I already read and commented on this post?

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