If I were to cast my vote for the most important film of all-time, my ballot would undoubtedly belong to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The 1968 film was lightyears ahead of its time, and continues to serve as an endless source of mystery, wonder, and inspiration to filmmakers and cinephiles worldwide.
Recently the team at Cinephilia And Beyond went the extra mile by scanning and uploading the rare, out-of-print book The Making Of Kubrick’s 2001 online for your viewing pleasure, and you can read or download it in full below. As The Playlist notes, the book’s author is above average to say the least: “It’s penned by Jerome Agel, co-author of Buckminster Fuller’s ‘I Seem To Be A Verb’ and collaborator with Marshall McLuhan on ‘The Medium Is The Massage’ and ‘War And Peace In The Global Village,’ and it goes pretty deep: among other things, it includes the original Arthur C. Clarke short story ‘The Sentinel’ that inspired the movie, a rare Kubrick interview with PLAYBOY magazine, reviews, a massive photo insert, plus insights from all kinds of people that worked on the movie.”
Another online Kubrick treat was also unveiled last week in the form of a 55-minute documentary entitled (Extended) Staircases To Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The doc was created as a class project by eight students in the Film and Television program in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. The film is a treasure of impressively high calibre interviews with people closely associated with the film, including none other than producer Jan Harlan and Kubrick’s wife, Christiane Kubrick. You can watch it in full below.
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