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The Script for 2001

February 16, 2013

Here’s a link to the script of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a famously non-verbal film, and, at times, it resembles Metropolis in its reliance on music in the absence of dialogue.

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One should also remember that Arthur C. Clarke‘s short story “The Sentinel” (published 1951) was the starting point for the film’s creation, and Clarke wrote a novel of the same name as the film (published 1968 along with the movie). With all due respect to Clarke, however, I can’t recommend looking to either the short story or the novel as a way of interpreting the film. Kubrick’s film stands on its own two feet (or falls trying to do so). And Clarke’s later writings and the films based on them (e.g., 2010: The Year We Make Contact) are often disappointing, did not involve Kubrick in any important way, and, I think, subtract from the original. (My opinion – take it for what it’s worth.)

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