Ahead of Christopher Nolan's presentation of the film May 13 at the Salle Debussy in Cannes, THR takes a look back at the film's debut, which was met with mixed reviews.
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey never made it to Cannes in 1968, which might have been a good thing. First, because it would have premiered the year a national strike in France shut down the fest and only 11 of 28 films in competition were able to screen. Second, given the Cannes tradition of audience booing, it might not have received the best reception. It certainly didn’t when it first played in America. Star Keir Dullea says that during the New York premiere, 250 people walked out; in L.A., Rock Hudson not only left early but “was heard to mutter, ‘What is this bull-shit?’”
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