In 2001 Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film adventure was still the ultimate trip. Now BluRay technology brings this epic odyssey in space to the present. Join us for a film screening of Kubrick’s space odyssey film on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Central Library from 1-4 p.m. The film will be shown in conjunction with an exhibit, STANLEY KUBRICK-A LIFE IN FILM (Art Department Atrium, April 13 – June 30, 2013.
We know Kubrick’s oeuvre through our own viewings of his films in theaters around the world, and each showing brings the audience the reward of intellectual engagement frame by frame throughout the runtime of his visual-musical-word art form, and then leaves us with a process of reflective engagement on the transformative connections, philosophical and visceral, that transport us beyond the immediate to other places in our imaginations.
The late Roger Ebert, who posted a review on his Sun Times website of “2001” almost 30 years following the opening in New York, explored Kubrick’s provocative film with the following:
“The genius is not in how much Stanley Kubrick does in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but in how little. This is the work of an artist so sublimely confident that he doesn’t include a single shot simply to keep our attention. He reduces each scene to its essence, and leaves it on the screen long enough for us to contemplate it, to inhabit it in our imaginations. Alone among science-fiction movies, “2001” is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe.”
“No little part of his effect comes from the music. Although Kubrick originally commissioned an original score from Alex North, he used classical recordings as a temporary track while editing the film, and they worked so well that he kept them…The classical music chosen by Kubrick exists outside the action. It uplifts. It wants to be sublime; it brings a seriousness and transcendence to the visuals.”
Ebert went on to provide his recollections of the first screening and to comment on many aspects of this film. The full review was posted at: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19970327/REVIEWS08/401010362/1023
Roger Ebert's film criticisms and reviews may be found in many of his "Great Movies" books in the Art Department at Central Library. Stanley Kubrick's films on DVD and books about his work may also be checked out of the Los Angeles Public Library. You might also wish to save the date and join us for the "2001" screening on Saturday, April 27th.