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Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi opus ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ returns for 50th anniversary

August 24, 2018

Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi opus ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ returns for 50th anniversary

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Astronaut Dave Bowman gazed upon HAL 9000, a supercomputer transforming itself into a killing machine. In his shiny, sleek helmet, his eyes seemed distant, helpless, confused.

The famous scene in “2001: A Space Odyssey” reflected the plight of humanity in the technology age when it came out in 1968. It still does decades later. Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece is back in theaters for its 50th anniversary. Starting Friday Aug. 24, it will screen for one week at the Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16 & IMAX Movie Theatre in Westlake.

The “unrestored” reissue of “2001: A Space Odyssey” consists of a 70mm print is the result of new printing elements from the original camera negative. In other words, there no digital manipulations or edits or effects that went into the re-making of the print.

Director and Kubrick fan Christopher Nolan worked on the 50th anniversary print of “2001,” which stars Cleveland native Keir Dullea as the astronaut.

“Kubrick was very secretive. I only knew about my mission, not the mission of the film,” Dullea once told The Plain Dealer. “Just as the astronauts in the film were in the dark, just doing their job, so was I.”

To prepare for the “2001,” Kubrick consulted with NASA scientists and computer experts to make the technology in the film as accurate as possible (for the year 2001, of course). He even concocted detailed psychological profiles and histories for the film’s actors. That, according to Dullea, is what makes “2001″ a sprawling epic about evolution from ape to space traveler, such a sci-fi breakthrough. “Stanley was making a big-budget sci-fi film - the first of its kind – and he had to be secretive, to keep the studio off his back,” said Dullea, whose father, Robert, ran for mayor of Cleveland on the Socialist Party ticket in 1935. “He was a benign dictator, but that’s what enabled him to become such an incredible artist with a rare vision.”

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