If there’s one thing that’s clear from “Envisioning 2001,” a new exhibition about the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey that opens at the Museum of the Moving Image on January 18, it’s that Stanley Kubrick’s obsessive control over every aspect of his seminal 1968 classic was razor-sharp, and complete.
Stanley Kubrick didn’t want to make a science-fiction film. His plan, as he told his eventual collaborator, novelist Arthur C. Clarke, was to make the “proverbial ‘really good’ science-fiction film.” Clarke, already a successful novelist, found the idea intriguing, if false. There had certainly been other good science-fiction films; one of his own works had even been adapted for the screen. But Clarke was interested in collaborating with the man who he referred to as the “enfant terrible” in early letters. Kubrick had a reputation, which, despite its peculiarities, made some people want to follow. Many others simply thought Kubrick was crazy. “Oh, Stanley, for God’s sake!” another friend exclaimed. “Science fiction? You’ve got to be kidding.”
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