Last Chance to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm at the BFI this Sunday December 7th


Here at Smoke Screen we've been devoting a lot of time to exploring Stanley Kubrick and his acclaimed sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, as the film itself features as the centre piece of the BFI's huge Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder season in a  new 2K digital transfer. You can read the review of the new print here, and a report of our trip to the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London. More coverage is coming soon.

The film was designed to awe viewers with its imposing visuals, so the 70mm format is probably the best choice for those craving maximum impact. This coming Sunday sees the BFI running the last screening of the new print in this format. Tickets here.

From the BFI

The digital print runs 147min in total (not 141min as previously advertised). The film has play-in music to parts 1 and 2. Please note, an intermission card will appear on screen at the end of part 1 but there will not be an interval. We will screen the film in 70mm on the following dates: Sun 30 Nov 17:20 NFT1; Tue 2 Dec 20:15 NFT1 and Sun 7 Dec 20:15 NFT1.

Philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic is frequently cited in polls as one of the finest films ever made.

Co-written by the director and novelist Arthur C Clarke, the film charts the progress of ‘civilisation’ through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter. Characteristic of Kubrick’s interest in evolution and artificial intelligence (most notably in the astronauts’ battle of wits with troublesome computer HAL 9000), the film also displays his desire for technical perfection: Geoffrey Unsworth’s camerawork, Douglas Trumbull’s pioneering effects and the production design remain enormously impressive to this day. But what’s perhaps most striking is the audacity of the measured, largely dialogue-free storytelling, with Kubrick allowing the judiciously chosen music (Ligeti, Khachaturian, the two Strausses) and the crisp, balletic beauty of the images to work their spell. A cinematic milestone, and a huge influence on the development of the sci-fi genre.


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