This groundbreaking film begins with the “Dawn of Man,” then follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL 9000 after the discovery on the moon of a mysterious black monolith affecting human evolution. The plot deals with themes of existentialism, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. But a synopsis is inadequate; the film must be experienced to get the full benefit of the powers of director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke’s vision. An undisputed milestone in motion pictures, it was originally shown in Cinerama; this screening features is a newly restored 4K version. Utilizing classical music with futuristic and never-before-seen special effects, it features just over 30 minutes of dialogue — the rest is entirely visual. 2001 is thought-provoking and unforgettable: More than 50 years later, people are still trying to put their minds around it.
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