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Still from '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968)

The great movie scenes: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

The great movie scenes: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Still from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968)

Bruce Isaacs, University of Sydney

What makes a film a classic? In this column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs looks at a classic film and analyses its brilliance.

2001: A Space Odyssey was released 50 years ago but it remains as relevant today as it was in 1968.

The film was a collaboration between Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. Both were determined to make a science fiction film that would not date. They succeeded brilliantly. 2001 has not only stood the test of time, but remains one of the greatest films ever made.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

In this video, we analyse two scenes that highlight the film’s use of cinematic techniques to explore the evolution of human consciousness. The scenes bookend 2001: A Space Odyssey – they are the dawn of man sequence at the beginning and the final sequence, showing the next evolutionary leap in human consciousness.

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Bruce Isaacs, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Sydney

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.