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A Look Behind The Future: Watch A Vintage, 20-Minute Look At The Making Of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ From 1968

A Look Behind The Future: Watch A Vintage, 20-Minute Look At The Making Of '2001: A Space Odyssey' From 1968

It’s shocking that, 45 years later, new discoveries are still being made with regards to Stanley Kubrick’s landmark science fiction masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Back in 2012, we listed our 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Film, coming hot off the heels of effects guru Douglas Trumbull confirming 17 minutes of excised footage had been discovered “in pristine condition” sitting in a studio vault in the middle of Kansas. What additional mysteries can this movie hold 45 years later? 

Recently, a vintage featurette entitled “A Look Behind the Future” made its way to YouTube and it is another breathtaking exploration of this sci-fi opus. The 23-minute featurette explores Kubrick’s interest in space and the copious research and expert opinions consulted to create the finished product. It’s an intriguing perspective on the movie as well as a fascinating time capsule for what the future could hold. Check it out below and for more, you can read the rare 1970 book, ‘The Making Of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.’

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David Hartley

As a long-time fan of 2001, the bit I found most interesting was the scene which showed Kubrick directing via TV cameras as the actors were inside the centrifuge. Watching the monitor behind Kubrick, there were a couple of times when the actor did seem to stumble as the floor was too steep for him to walk comfortably upright. These must have been incredibly difficult scenes to work on, for both the actors and the crew.


It's cool you're posting this for non-Kubrick-heads to discover, but at least mention that this doc has been widely available on the 2001 DVD for almost 7 years. Not a huge revelation.

Leigh Richert

AWESOME!! This is a very old corporate movie, made before "2001" was released, by "Look" magazine that uses the film to help sell advertising. One of the best things you guys have ever posted!

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