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Screenrant Names “2001: A Space Odyssey” Their #1
  Posted By: keir dullea online |      2 Comments

… most confusing film of all time. Not too surprising. They named other films such as Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, and David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch. Here’s what they had to say about Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey


Often cited as one of the greatest visual directors, Stanley Kubrick never played it safe when it came to choosing subject matter for his films. A Clockwork Orange is a violent tale about freedom of choice, Eyes Wide Shut is a study of elite obsession, and 2001: A Space Odyssey is about the evolution of humans, or so we think. Honestly, there have been so many discussions on what 2001 is actually about that even 48 years after its release, it’s still one of the most talked about movies in history.

The scene that sparks the most discussion is the film’s trippy ending in which astronaut Dave is sucked into a psychedelic wormhole that looks like a Pink Floyd laser show. Once through, Dave watches himself age in a mysterious room. Dave grows old and dies in a matter of minutes, seemingly, and is then reborn as a giant baby in a bubble to journey back to Earth. A master visual storyteller, Kubrick doesn’t clear anything up with any dialog, and while some of the questions it poses are answered by its less acclaimed sequel, the ending to 2001 still baffles most audiences that watch it today, making it our pick for the most talked about confusing movie of all time.


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  1. Pat McComb, 11 September 2016:

    [First, one little error. NAKED LUNCH is from David Cronenberg.]
    Not on the list is LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD — a film that used many cinematic tropes also used by Stanley Kubrick. Single point perspective shots, repetition, tracking shots, cryptic storytelling, and an acting style that is more like statuary. (THE SHINING has the most obvious references to MARIENBAD.)
    So I have a question for Mr Dullea. In MARIENBAD (if you have seen it) a broken glass becomes an important element of the film. It’s the point at which a woman recognizes the uncontrollable situation she is in. The broken glass in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY could be seen as Dave Bowman recognizing his situation. I have read that the glass breaking was your idea. Did MARIENBAD inform your suggestion?
    (A broken glass also figures into a cryptic moment in PERSONA.)
    Interested to hear if this was a purposeful trope, or a coincidence.
    Thank you.

  2. keir dullea online, 17 October 2016:


    First of all thank you for stopping by the site and for leaving your comment. Sorry I didn’t approve it till now. Been a little MIA. My bad.

    As for the glass breaking scene. I know from the various appearances Keir has made, as well as his explanation on the Bluray DVD commentary for the film with Gary Lockwood, Keir said it was his idea to use the glass breaking as a way to transition from the various aging forms of Bowman. It’s not that he recognizes his situation, rather, it’s that is the device used to transit to the scene where the aged Bowman is lying in the bed. Just as it was also Keir’s idea for the transition between Bowman in the bathroom of that room, to the “second stage” Bowman sitting at the table eating the food. If you can please get the Bluray edition of the film and listen to Keir and Gary’s commentary. It’s a revelation.

    Thanks again for stopping by. I know Keir does frequent the site so he’ll see your comment.


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