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Prehistoric ape-men in sun-scorched Africa. A breathtaking ballet of spaceships round Earth. A psychedelic trip beyond imagination. And the final, electrifying gaze of the Starchild. From start to finish, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a visual masterpiece.

But what did it all mean? For many people, ‘2001’ is an enigma, its meaning cryptic and obscure. Our 15-minute, four-part video aims at shedding light on its mysteries. It analyses and connects the film’s major incidents – and other, more subtle moments – to present a coherent, plausible explanation of what Kubrick intended: an epic narrative of humanity’s past, present and future.

Did you know? The film ‘2001’ is not based on Arthur C. Clarke’s novel. Kubrick and Clarke co-wrote the original screenplay but, during production, Kubrick made major changes to the story. In 1968, Clarke published his version of ‘2001’ as a novel – a few months after Kubrick had published his version as a film.

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