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by Allan Fish

(UK/USA 1968 144m) DVD1/2 

Daisy, Daisy…

p  Victor Lyndon  d  Stanley Kubrick  w  Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C.Clarke  story  “The Sentinel” by Arthur C.Clarke  ph  Geoffrey Unsworth, John Alcott  ed  Ray Lovejoy  m  Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Aram Khachaturian  art  Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer, John Hoesli  spc  Douglas Trumbull (and Stanley Kubrick, Wally Veevers, Con Pederson, Tom Howard, Colin J.Cantwell, Bryan Loftus, Frederick Martin, Bruce Logan, David Osborne, Jack Mack Malick)

Keir Dullea (Dave Bowman), Gary Lockwood (Frank Poole), William Sylvester (Heywood Floyd), Leonard Rossiter (Symslov), Margaret Tyzack (Elena), Robert Beatty (Halvorsen), Daniel Richter (Moonwatcher), Douglas Rain (voice of HAL),

This is the story, for what good it will do you; a prologue on the pre-man apes is linked with a story on a doomed mission to Jupiter, with both linked tenuously by a strange, enigmatic Rothkoesque abstract monolith, the meaning of which remains obscure.  Indeed the whole film is indecipherable, but so full of eye-popping visuals, canny use of classical music, the greatest jump cut in cinema history and wonderfully pretentious double meanings as for it not to matter.  John Lennon, an avid film fan, said that it ought to be played 24 hours a day in a temple and, though I wouldn’t go that far (imagine being the projectionist, you’d go mental!), I can sort of see where he was coming from, as it is an almost religious experience.  (more…)

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