2001: A Space Odyssey – Top 12 interesting facts

2001: A Space Odyssey – Top 12 interesting facts

 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 SF movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the short story “The Sentinel”, written by Arthur C. Clarke. On July 14, 2018, Isle of Man post will release 8 stamps and few stamp sheets to celebrate 50 years of this movie.

 

Today we’ll take a look at the upcoming Isle of Man stamps and some less-known facts related to the movie.

 

#1 If you think that movie itself was long (2h 29min) please take into consideration that the total footage shot was some 200 times the final length of the film.

 

#2 During the premiere, 241 people, including Rock Hudson, walked out. Rock commented “what the hell” the film was about. During the first few weeks, the movie also was not a financial success and MGM seriously considered canceling it.

 

Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke

#3 For the moon surface scenes, Stanley Kubrick had several tons of sand imported, washed, and painted.

 

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Stanley Kubrick in the midst of creating movie magic

2018/06/14

Denomination: 25p

 

#4 According to Clarke, Kubrick wanted to protect himself from losses with an insurance in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence was discovered before the movie was released.  He was refused by the insurance company.

 

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Arthur C. Clarke pictured on set, standing in front of the pod

2018/06/14

Denomination: 30p

 

#5 One quote from Arthur C. Clarke: “If you understand ‘2001’ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.”

 

Silence

 #6 Movie had a total 88 minutes without a dialogue. Out of them, 25 minutes were also the first 25 minutes of the movie. Same was the case with the last 23 minutes of the movie.

 

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The docking scene at Space Station V

2018/06/14

Denomination: 52p

 

#7 There was also no sound (except film’s music) during space sequences. This is pretty logical because there is no sound in space.

 

Naked Scenes and Zero Gravity

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The Monolith

2018/06/14

Denomination: 75p

 

#8 There were many changes in the movie, but one of the important was changing protagonists in the famous scene that include monkeys. The original plan was to have primitive and more human-like makeup for naked actors. To avoid having X-rating, Kubrick decided to go with hairy monkey model. All monkeys were humans in costumes, besides two baby chimpanzees.

 

 

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Zero Gravity – Heather Downham who played a Space Stewardess

2018/06/14

Denomination: 83p

 

The Star Child

 #9 Kubrick asked Carl Sagan for help regarding extraterrestrial life. Although that cooperation hasn’t lasted for long, let’s hear few words from Carl Sagan (from his book The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective): “I argued that the number of individually unlikely events in the evolutionary history of Man was so great that nothing like us is ever likely to evolve again anywhere in the universe. I suggested that any explicit representation of an advanced extraterrestrial being was bound to have at least an element of falseness about it and that the best solution would be to suggest, rather than explicitly to display, the extraterrestrials.”

 

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The Star Child

2018/06/14

Denomination: £1.40

 

#10 There was a plan to end the film with Bowman (transformed into Star Child by aliens) detonating a string of nuclear weapons in the orbit of the Earth. Kubrick decided not to go into that direction.

 

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Bowman

2018/06/14

Denomination: £1.93

 

Hal 9000

 #11 Name that was originally planned for HAL was Athena and the voice should have been female. Something like that happened in the sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, where SAL 9000 (voice of Candice Bergen), a female version, took HAL’s place.

 

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Hal 9000

2018/06/14

Denomination: £2.01

 

#12 HAL 9000 never once says, “Good Morning, Dave,”.

 

I hope that we all learned something today about this fascinating movie. Writing this article definitely encouraged me to watch it again.

 

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1 Comment

  1. PaniL · January 11, 2019 Reply

    Thank you, very interesting.

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