Thursday, June 13, 2013

2001: A Space Odyssey: a tribute.

These are the blockbuster days of the summer box-office season. The tentpole days of action and adventure that spur ticket sales, popcorn consumption and sequel fever in studio offices and marketing departments throughout every corner of Hollywood.

Already this year we've seen Iron Man 3 reach 1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales and Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek: Into Darkness enter into the top five of the 2013 box-office. Still on the way are giant robots created to take on monster invaders in Pacific Rim, the rebirth of the western as a Johnny Depp frolic in The Lone Ranger, and the reboot of DC's most classic of classic superheroes with the Man of Steel (just a day away).

Before summer has even officially begun, the season has already commandeered 3 of the top 5 spots in this year's most successful films.

Director Stanley Kubrick with cast
on the surface of the moon.
But if you're like me, you still yearn for the smart intrigue, bold vision and groundbreaking filmmaking of THE science fiction film of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Released by MGM with 1968 premiers in Washington DC, New York City and Los Angeles on April 2, 3 and 4th successively, 2001: A Space Odyssey went continued with openings all over the world through the remainder of 1968 and into the early months of 1969. Since its first American rerelease in 1974, the masterwork of Stanley Kubrick has gone through a series of festival showings and studio rereleases that has continued as recently as last year.

On a reported budget of $10½ million, a reported North American domestic box-of just under $57 million doesn't put it in the ranks of today's blockbusters, but there has never been a more influential film set in space. And that includes everything Star Wars.

Here's a fascinating look at 2001: A Space Odyssey, published by, that sets the landmark film against the real life canvas of our history of science and space exploration.

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