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Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.

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Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001's resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.

Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001's leading man-ape; and many others.

"A fascinating, detail-rich account of the long slog to make the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"In its way, this story about the making of 2001 is as compelling and eye-opening as the film itself." ---Booklist Starred Review

"By the end, the author makes a compelling case that 2001: A Space Odyssey is both uniquely Kubrick's film and utterly original. Essential for sf fans, Kubrick enthusiasts, and film history buffs." ---Library Journal Starred Review
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Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

Author Michael Benson

Narrated by Todd McLaren

Publication date Jun 26, 2018

Running time 18 hrs

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