Cinema would look profoundly different if it wasn’t for Stanley Kubrick. The director has been behind some of the most ground-breaking movies of all time, and has influenced film history as much as Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese.
Over four decades working in the film industry, Kubrick attempted to make his mark on each individual genre - he covered the heist film (The Killing), the war film (Paths of Glory), political satire (Dr. Strangelove), period drama (Barry Lyndon), and with his 1968 epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, he covers the science fiction genre.
The iconic classic mainly follows a crew of astronauts who make a journey to Jupiter, where they are targeted by the sentient computer, HAL 9000, who becomes dangerous and self-aware. Other than that, the film focuses on a mysterious black monolith that pops out of nowhere - just when a new brand of human evolution is about to take place.
2001 has been a touchstone for science fiction cinema and is often cited as one of the best and most influential movies of all time. It has influenced so many movies, including but not limited to, WALL-E, Solaris, A.I: Artificial Intelligence, Moon and Interstellar.
Here, we will share just a few things you didn’t know about one of the most iconic movies ever made.