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The Making of Stanley Kubrick's 2001. A Space Odyssey

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Get closer than ever to the movie that changed the movies. This behind-the-scenes spectacular of 2001: Space Odyssey sheds light on the lead actors, senior production designers, special-effects experts, who together with the intricate mastermind of Kubrick himself, revolutionized science fiction and the art of cinema. Previously available as part of the multi-volume and instant sell-out Collector's Edition, this exhaustive visual record includes on and offset photographs, pre-production paintings, conceptual designs, and publicity materials from the Kubrick archives. With numerous fold-outs, these dazzling images offer insight both into Kubrick's meticulous directorial methods, and into the mysteries and magnetism of a film at once vast in scope and intricate in its human interest. Written and researched over several years by the outer space, special effects, and technology journalist Piers Bizony, this compendium is both an exhaustive labour of love and a monument to a masterpiece of 20th century culture.

Издательство: "Taschen" (2015)

ISBN: 978-3-8365-5954-6

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Bizony, Piers

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   Piers Bizony, still awestruck decades after first having seen Kubrick’s space epic at the age of nine in rural Sussex, England in 1968, wrote 2001: Filming the Future, a lavishly illustrated, beautifully produced book, published in 2000 in a revised second edition by Aurum Press Ltd. , London. He became obsessed with the futuristic vision of this film and its grand topic, the exploration of both outer and inner space. Thirty years later Bizony is eager to demonstrate that the visual design of the film is still impressive and innovative. He wrote the book in cooperation with ARTHUR C. CLARKE, who wrote the source story for the film. Bizony claims that “until the 1960s, SCIENCE FICTION films had been part of the ‘B’ movie stockin-trade,” despite some notable exceptions Bizony ignores, such as Destination Moon (1951), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), and Forbidden Planet (1955), which, respectively, introduced Oscar-winning special effects, a cautionary cold war allegory about the nuclear arms race, and a Shakespearean allegory (loosely adapting The Tempest) to the genre. Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke reinvented science-fiction cinema by looking ahead to the new frontier of space after the initial optimism of space travel expressed during the Kennedy administration: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to the goal, before this decade is out,” President Kennedy said in May 1961,“of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. ” Bizony quotes that speech in his book to show that excitement was literally in the air. By the early 1960s the Soviets had launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space, with the U. S.
   National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) soon in hot pursuit. Space travel had actually begun, so the low-budget approach would simply not do for the new Hollywood that Kubrick was a part of. His film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY became a design paradigm for the new science fiction film and helped to create the kind of enthusiasm needed to keep the space program in orbit. Costing more than $10 million, the film took more than three years to complete. In this respect, the film set a precedent for the ultra-expensive blockbuster approach that became almost commonplace two decades later, once Hollywood became convinced that in order to be good, a film had to look good.
   Bizony recaptures some of the excitement that was generated by the film’s premiere. Misunderstood by some critics and virtually ignored by the Motion Picture Academy, 2001 was recognized by many viewers as a mystic if not an utterly metaphysical experience. For some chemically-enabled viewers, the technical achievement of the film’s conclusion was like looking into the face of God. Metaphysician Arthur C. Clarke, a wizard in his own right, wrote the foreword for Bizony’s book. The visual wizards who enabled Kubrick to trip the light fantastic, such as designer-in-chief TONY MASTERS, cameraman GEOFFREY UNSWORTH, and DOUGLAS TRUMBULL, who created the trippy Stargate tunnel special effects, are all given their due. The book also includes the original MGM press release announcing the project in 1965 and reprints Penelope Gilliatt’s enthusiastic review published in the New Yorker on April 13, 1968. Bizony’s intelligent approach demands serious consideration, and his book is also valuable for its conceptual drawings and inspired background detail.
   J. M. W.

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