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Watch: 3-Minute Tribute Celebrates The Charm Of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Watch: 3-Minute Tribute Celebrates The Charm Of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

It has been more than four decades since Stanley Kubrick blew minds with “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and the sci-fi genre has yet to deliver anything to top the sheer scale, awe and dazzling brilliance of that film. Even to this day, nearly every frame of the 142-minute movie continues to obsess fans, and today comes yet another video tribute celebrating the visual wonder of the film.

Vimeo user Jim Casey put together a 3-minute reel highlighting the “charms” of Kubrick’s film, though we’d wager that’s not the first word we’d use to describe “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Nevertheless, it’s a journey through many of the striking images from the movie and a reminder of how breathtaking it all still is. 

Meanwhile, making the rounds of the interwebs the past couple of days has been a letter purported to be written by Kubrick to MGM when he heard about their plans to make a sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey” without his consent. The letter is dated 1970, and by time “2010” dropped in 1984, Kubrick had chilled out, and given the project his sort of half-blessing and even appeared in a cameo (as an illustration on a Time magazine cover). True or not, the letter is pretty fantastic. Check it all out below.

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Art BArlow

So must I then I assume Mark Twain's letter to the Elmira Gas Company was also a hoax.

Mister P

Was HAL anywhere in that video? Or did I just miss it? I don't understand how you can make a tribute video to 2001 without including a whole lotta HAL. And yes, HAL was quite charming in a homicidal sort of way.

A. Andres

That letter is pretty obviously a hoax. A quick search that turns up an authentic 1966 Kubrick letter to Roger Caras indicates where the signature came from. Also compare the two letters carefully. The 1970 hoax letter is in two different typefaces; the return address is taken from the Caras letter and appears to have been typed on an IBM Elite. Also the 1966 letter has a watermark, missing from the hoax. Sloppy…but amusing.

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