Four years in its creation, Stanley Kubrick’s metaphysical science-fiction epic traces man’s history and his contact with new life. Revealing itself on an almost subliminal level, this mind-bending masterpiece is a landmark in film history. With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and the soothing voice of Douglas Rain. (1968, 142 min + intermission, 70mm ‘Scope)
"Shot in Super Panavision 70, the film's larger frame size - nearly double that of standard 35mm film - offers remarkable resolution. Figures in windows of spaceships, patterns in the star gate sequence and numerous other details are more plainly visible than ever before. And this is a film built on visuals; Kubrick’s affinity for geometrical shot composition finds a perfect thematic match in this tale about the possibilities and perils of technology. Audio is equally important to 2001, even if the film is deliberately short of dialogue. The soundtrack’s use of classical compositions has become iconic - it’s almost impossible to hear Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” or “The Blue Danube” without visualizing monoliths and whirling space stations. The new 70mm print of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY includes the atmospheric overture, intermission and closing music."