A Primer for “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1971) Camera Three


A “primer” or explanation of the basic plot, themes, sources and meanings in Stanley Kubrick’s widely praised and often misunderstood epic motion picture, released in 1968. Film clips illustrate the scenes as interpreted in a script narrated by Keir Dullea, one of the stars of the film. Includes some behind-the-scenes information and references to material not included in the final cut. Stanley Kubrick’s controversial science-fiction film classic is analyzed for its technical and visual pioneering role in viewing human history.

Director: John Musilli.
Writer: Stephan Chodorov.
Stars: Keir Dullea.

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One Comment

  1. Tveitt Irgens
    October 17, 2023

    What a load of nonsense. Stephan Chodrov evidently did not speak to Kubrick about this film, nor understood it by himself.

    It’s not a Homer movie. The framework is taken from the Torah, its Old Testament equivalent is Genesis 25:19-34.

    It’s about the people of Jacob tricking the first-born people of Esau of its birthright and taking over the world for themselves, killing off all the people of foreign origin in Edom and re-creating the world as an Eden of their own.

    Bowman is Jacob, Poole is Esau. They’re like brothers but Poole is tricked even by G-d, HAL. HAL cheats when playing chess. Easu/Poole doesn’t notice but gives up (his birthright) without a fight before the battle is lost, due to Jacob’s cunning.
    While Frank is outside the ship to replace the antenna unit, HAL takes control of his pod, setting him adrift. Dave takes another pod to rescue Frank. Not. Just like Jacob Bowman uses a yarn attached to Poole’s ankle, to pull him back into the womb of Rebecca, to trick Nature and replace Poole/Esau as the first-born son, depriving him of his rightful birthright.

    Also, as film analyst Rob Ager has shown, Kubrick wanted to warn us about governmental lies, spread as fake news and false propaganda. The monoliths and many other objects in the film are tv-screens spreading propaganda, fabricated by the journalist in the briefing room, whose cuff links shine as the predator wild cat’s eyes in the beginning of the movie. The monoliths are the exact ratio as that of the premiere theatre’s screen and in the book there is a tv screen above the old man’s bed.
    Etc, etc.

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