Prepare to take the ultimate cinematic head trip at the Frida Cinema as our four-film tribute to director Stanley Kubrick continues with his seminal 1968 sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey!
Initially premiering in 1968 – a near 10 years before Star Wars – 2001 introduced a most unconventional approach to telling a story in space. Opening in prehistoric BC, Kubrick brilliantly parallels two stages of “mankind” – arguably, dawn and dusk – by delivering what might be cinema’s most famous match cut, taking the audience hundreds of thousands of years into the future in the blink of an eye as bone-tossing caveman becomes space traveling pair of scientists Dave and Frank, on a mission to Jupiter to retrieve a mysterious ancient artifact. On board they’re accompanied by sentient computer system HAL 9000, a system whose dedication to the mission at hand, coupled with its intellectual ego, takes an ominous turn when the crew discovers it has malfunctioned.
A film of staggering visuals that are as glorious as they are ambiguous yet glorious, 2001: A Space Odyssey took home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, as well as nominations for Best Director, Original Screenplay and Art Direction. Surely it would have garnered a Best Picture nomination as well, if only the majority of late-60s audiences weren’t so completely baffled by the experience, chalking the film up as a pretentious exercise in style. The film nevertheless enjoyed an avid cult following, and with time it became clearer to critics and viewers alike that the film is far and away one of the most significant films of the past century, and a towering achievement in the genre of science fiction.
Experience it on the big screen at The Frida, as we present Warner Bros’ 4K Restoration of 2001: A Space Odyssey as the second film in our four-film retrospective of some of the greatest works by iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
Wednesday, December 13 – 7:30pm
Thursday, December 14 – 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17 – 7:30pm