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  • Space Odyssey

  • Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece
  • Written by: Michael Benson
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Space Odyssey

Written by: Michael Benson
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
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Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn't yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001's resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence. 

Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick's widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001's leading man-ape; and many others.

©2018 Michael Benson (P)2018 Tantor

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"A fascinating, detail-rich account of the long slog to make the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey." (Kirkus)

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Fantastic

One of the most comprehensive account to the genius of Kubericks stand alone masterpiece , 2001 Space Odussey.A Must read , an absolutely credible and detailed account of this Magic of Movie Making.

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Not advertised properly

More of a behind the scenes book than the novelization of the film, which is what I was hoping for.

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