Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey will be re-released in cinemas from November 28.
A new trailer for the 1968 film has been released to herald the British Film Institute’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season.
Kubrick’s sci-fi epic is frequently cited in polls as one of the greatest films ever made. He co-wrote the screenplay with science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke. The story charts the development of our civilisation from the dawn of man to the space age.
We follow a team of astronauts on a mission to Jupiter investigating the presence of a mysterious black monolith. Spanning a time frame of 4 million years the film flashes back to the monolith’s influence on prehistoric apes.
Journeying through space and time lone astronaut Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) engages in a memorable battle of wits with his ship’s computer HAL 9000. Douglas Trumbull’s pioneering effects work was rewarded with an Oscar while the mostly dialogue-free film utilises a classical soundtrack featuring Ligeti, Khachaturian and the two Strausses.
Stanley Kubrick also directed the Stephen King adaptation The Shining and Vietnam war film Full Metal Jacket. He died in 1999.
Christopher Nolan has said: “There is only one Stanley Kubrick. 2001 is pure cinema.” Also paying tribute to Kubrick’s vision, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron called the film: “Beautiful and mysterious. The black monolith of cinema.”
Watch the new trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey below.