In 1968, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in the United States and also Europe. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the film's release, Michael Benson provides the definitive account of how the movie came to be made in SPACE ODYSSEY: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece.
Regarded as today as one of the greatest films ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its original release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn't yet recognized as among the leading directors of his time, 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. 2001's 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.
Simon & Schuster | 512 pages | ISBN 9781501163937 | April 2018