If you’re in or near a major U.S. city, you’ve probably had the chance to see Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” on a big screen sometime in the last few years, projected either digitally or on film. The most unlikely smash hit of 1968, Kubrick’s vision imagined our technological future and humankind’s cosmic destiny. That destiny was guided by what the film’s original trailers called “a shrieking monolith deliberately buried by an alien intelligence.”
Here in Chicago, at the annual Music Box 70 Millimeter Film Festival, “2001” has proven a consistently strong draw for cinephiles, many born long after the original release, all actively seeking disorientation. There have been some excellent prints circulating; the Music Box Theatre owns its own, recently struck print, and it’s lovely.
But now there’s a new gold standard edition, returning May 18 to a handful of U.S. theaters equipped with 70 millimeter film projection in four cities, including Chicago. It expands thereafter.
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