2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic British-American science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke's 1951 short story "The Sentinel" and other short stories by Clarke. A novel released after the film's premiere was in part written concurrently with the screenplay. The film, which follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of an alien monolith affecting human evolution, deals with themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.


In the prehistoric African veldt, a tribe of hominids are driven away from their water hole by a rival tribe. Later, they awaken to find an alien monolith has appeared before them. Influenced by the monolith, they discover how to use a bone as a weapon and, after their first hunt, return to drive their rivals away with the newly discovered tool.


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    award Academy Award for Best Visual Effects BAFTA Award for Best Sound David di Donatello for best foreign production Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry
    contentLocation Africa Clavius Base Discovery One Jupiter Moon Tycho
    director Stanley Kubrick
    editor Ray Lovejoy
    events artificial intelligence cybernetic revolt human evolution space exploration
    genre adventure drama science fiction
    keywords alien monolith bury eat extra-vehicular activity extravehicular activity foetus hal 9000 hominid how to hunt kill life support lip reading meet mission control monolith neoclassical neoclassical architecture nothing old man read russian scientist space station space walk suspended animation veldt
    musicBy Aram Khachaturian György Ligeti Johann Strauss II Richard Strauss
    nomination Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Visual Effects Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Film BAFTA Award for Best Sound Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation United Nations Awards
    producer Stanley Kubrick
    productionCompany Hawk Films
    publisher Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    recordedAt Amalgamated Studios Arizona Harris Monument Valley Namibia Shepperton Studios Tabernas Desert Utah
    theme epic science fiction adventure the future