literature, cinema, fine arts

2001: A Space Odyssey ( 1968)

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  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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There are some undisputed classics where people have been dissecting the meaning of the film ever since the premiere. This is certainly the case for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The possible interpretations are legion. Though this characteristic is not enough in itself to turn a film into a classic. They only have a chance of becoming true classics if they also got enough attention in their own era to prevent them fading from memory. This particular film was impossible to ignore. More than half a century later, its audio and visual world is still absolutely thrilling.

In fact, after the film's release, a book was released (The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey) that detailed how its remarkable world was created. The screenplay was written by the director Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, though it was Clarke's novel of the same name that gave birth to the idea. The questions raised in the film are arguably more pertinent that ever: whether man can be stripped of his aggressive tendencies, if artificial intelligence is capable of telling lies, how we really feel about progress, and the feeling of being watched/supervised by a higher power. Though the film only received a single Oscar from the American Academy, for Best Visual Effects, and only one BAFTA from the British Academy, for Best Cinematography, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a permanent fixture on lists of the greatest films of all time.
This year, Bridging Europe is looking to connect United Kingdom to Hungarian culture. One special element of all the films featured in this series is that they each have a link to Hungary. Here, you can hear excerpts from the works of Hungarian composer György Ligeti in 2001: A Space Odyssey's expansive film score.

In English, with Hungarian subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screenings are conducted in Hungarian.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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  • director
    Stanley Kubrick
  • host
    András Réz



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