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2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. The film deals with thematic elements of human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life, and is notable for its scientific realism, pioneering special effects, and provocatively ambiguous and often surreal imagery, sound in place of traditional narrative techniques and a very minimal use of dialogue.

Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release, 2001: A Space Odyssey is today recognized by critics as one of the greatest films ever made; the 2002 Sight & Sound poll of critics ranked it among the top ten films of all time.[1] It was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received one for visual effects. In 1991, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry.

The film set a new standard for science fiction special effects for both film and television. he title sequence begins with an image of the Earth rising over the Moon, while the Sun rises over the Earth.

Over images of an African desert, a caption reads "The Dawn of Man". A tribe of prehistoric ape-men is struggling to survive in the dry desert. One morning, a mysterious black rectangular monolith appears near their habitation and is nervously examined by the apes. Following this encounter, a lone ape-man (Daniel Richter) invents the first tool while scavenging through a pile of bones. The ape-man picks up a bone and plays with it, finally using it as a club to crush other bones. The ape-man who created the tool, now standing partially upright, leads the tribe in defense of their waterhole from another tribe, clubbing an enemy ape to death with the new-found weapon. The victorious ape-man throws his weapon into the air, at which point the film jumps forward to the future, in a match cut that links the tumbling...


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