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« on: July 19, 2006, 12:21:11 PM »

Just saw it last night and it blew my mind away! This is now my second favorite film. It's a visual masterpiece, truely a feast for the eyes. My favorite scene in the film, probably one of the greatest sequences of all time, is the space ballet sequence ( as I like to call it ). Right after the bone is thrown up into the air until Dr. Floyd lands on the space station. It's 6 minutes of cinematic paradise, with the space crafts drifting to the Blue Danube theme making the scene look like a Solar ballet.

Plus the film is very challenging. The Black slab is never explained, just left open for interpretation. My theory: It's a metaphor of man's unrelenting search to seek a perfect understanding of our universe ( which proven in the film is way beyond our intellectual capacity ) and immortality.

Any film buff or future film-maker like myself MUST MUST MUST see 2001: A Space Odyssey!

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006, 12:28:39 PM »

I know alot of the people in the industry who call the film bloated, waste of time etc. I totally disagree, I love the film (and the book), and I concur with Peacemaker but adding I think eveyone should at least experience the Star Gate.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2006, 12:54:46 PM »

The slab (and the rest) is explained in the book.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2006, 01:17:44 PM »

I can imagine many people walking out of the first 30 minutes simply because of th apes. But I find that scene wonderful.
Great film by Kubrick though he has done better...

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006, 02:16:46 PM »

The slab (and the rest) is explained in the book.

Really? I like the way Kubrick did it, just left it open for interpretation.

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2006, 09:02:59 AM »


Plus the film is very challenging. The Black slab is never explained, just left open for interpretation. My theory: It's a metaphor of man's unrelenting search to seek a perfect understanding of our universe ( which proven in the film is way beyond our intellectual capacity ) and immortality.
How can it be a metaphor when characters in the movie interact with it? Or rather, it may be a metaphor, but it can't only be a metaphor, it drives the plot (and a very stupid plot at that).

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2006, 11:32:38 AM »

Because in a story/movie reality could co-exist with allegory or metaphor.

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2006, 11:42:09 AM »

Just saw it last night and it blew my mind away! This is now my second favorite film. It's a visual masterpiece, truely a feast for the eyes. My favorite scene in the film, probably one of the greatest sequences of all time, is the space ballet sequence ( as I like to call it ). Right after the bone is thrown up into the air until Dr. Floyd lands on the space station. It's 6 minutes of cinematic paradise, with the space crafts drifting to the Blue Danube theme making the scene look like a Solar ballet.

Plus the film is very challenging. The Black slab is never explained, just left open for interpretation. My theory: It's a metaphor of man's unrelenting search to seek a perfect understanding of our universe ( which proven in the film is way beyond our intellectual capacity ) and immortality.

Any film buff or future film-maker like myself MUST MUST MUST see 2001: A Space Odyssey!
you're theory on the black slab is open for intrepid intrepidness.
sorry dave, i can't open the pod bay doors

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006, 06:28:14 PM »

you're theory on the black slab is open for intrepid intrepidness.
sorry dave, i can't open the pod bay doors

 Huh

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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006, 07:23:22 PM »

Huh
what i should have said is how do you perceive the black slab. obviously it leads to that place in a universe.
the crack about opening the pod bay doors means i can't put my finger on what it means. which i shouldn't. perhaps ?
i do this quite often. i misword a sentance and it comes out completely differentl, sometimes offensive. it snot ment to be. 
what about that black slab? it seams to be pointing the way for our civilization to follow ?

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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2006, 08:14:38 PM »


i do this quite often. i misword a sentance and it comes out completely differentl, sometimes offensive. it snot ment to be. 

I've never seen an offensive post by you, so don't feel bad.   Grin

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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2006, 08:39:59 PM »

I've never seen an offensive post by you, so don't feel bad.   Grin
i'm trained to feel bad. i'm a bluesman. 

just wrote a song. "i woke up this morning ".
that's about it.  Grin

the slab. the big black slab. what comes to mind ?anybody ?

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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2006, 09:24:44 AM »

Chocolate bar?

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2006, 09:57:26 AM »

Chocolate bar?
the big monolith ?

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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2006, 11:17:35 AM »

As the film is obsessed with food/eating/drinking, why not?

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